Maz and Bricks – Awkward Connection

Maz (Playwright Eva O’Connor) and Bricks (Ciaran O’Brian) meet during a tram ride. She’s busy with a piece of box cardboard and a black marker. He egotistically presumes she’s drawing him, while, in fact, the remnant turns out to be a poster for an abortion protest to which she’s on her way. Bricks is going to his ex-wife’s home to visit his four year-old daughter. Both are what the program accurately notes “messy” characters. That and class serve as commonality.

Turned away at his ex’s, Bricks finds himself swept up in the protest and, falling in step with Maz, walks her away to more private conversation. We hear sketches of both their stories. There’s an incident.

This is a seriously talky play. Your ear with grow accustomed to Irish accents, but segueing in and out of poetry as casual dialogue makes speech unnatural, taking us out of the moment. Caring about either person is elusive.

To my mind, Ciaran O’Brian holds his own creating the irritating, yet sympathetic Bricks while Eva O’Connor’s Maz appears undeveloped.

Director Jim Culleton moves his characters upstage and down, standing and sitting evincing little individuality.

Maree Kearns’s Set is innocuous. Costumes are apt.

Previous Fishamble productions have been more successful.

Photos by Lunaria

Fishamble as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival presents
Maz and Bricks by Eva O’Connor
Directed by Jim Culleton
59E59 Theaters
Through February 23, 2020

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Alix Cohen is the recipient of eight New York Press Club Awards for work published on this venue. Her writing history began with poetry, segued into lyrics and took a commercial detour while holding executive positions in product development, merchandising, and design. A cultural sponge, she now turns her diverse personal and professional background to authoring pieces about culture/the arts with particular interest in artists/performers and entrepreneurs. Theater, music, art/design are lifelong areas of study and passion. She is a voting member of Drama Desk and Drama League. Alix’s professional experience in women’s fashion fuels writing in that area. Besides Woman Around Town, the journalist writes for Cabaret Scenes, Broadway World, and Theater Pizzazz. Additional pieces have been published by The New York Post, The National Observer’s Playground Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, Times Square Chronicles, and ifashionnetwork. She lives in Manhattan. Of course.