“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tortuga Bound

It’s not often we feature theatre here on Crime Always Pays, but Jason Wells’ MEN OF TORTUGA looks to be an interesting prospect. To wit:
In the executive suite of an unnamed American Corporation, three power brokers scheme with a weapons specialist to eliminate the opposition in Jason Wells’ dark comedy of negotiation, conspiracy and assassination. Maxwell, a hero of the old guard, volunteers to sacrifice himself for the plan. But when Maxwell takes the young idealist Fletcher under his wing, his long-dormant conscience begins to reawaken. As the scheme spins into disarray, the plotters descend into suspicion, bloodlust and infighting, while Fletcher is drawn, inexorably, into the lion’s den …
  Variety liked it:
“Jason Wells isn’t giving everything away in his captivating new play Men of Tortuga … Wells tells a story of corporate greed, power, surveillance and the secrecy that increasingly pervades our daily lives … The play pulses with energy …” - Variety
  The production comes courtesy of PurpleHeart Theatre Company in association with the Focus Theatre, and is directed by John O’Brien. It opens on Thursday, November 11th at the Focus Theatre in Temple Bar, Dublin, and all the booking details are available here

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