New York City
Tommy’s not a bad man, he’s getting by. Renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps. With inimitable warmth, style and craft, Conor McPherson’s new play deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations. The Donmar is proud to celebrate one of the English language’s leading theatrical voices by following McPherson’s contemporary classic, The Weir, with the premiere of his startling new play, The Night Alive.