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TBD Theater: Finn McCool

March 9, 2011 - 01:30 PM
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Finn McCool
Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams in 'Finn McCool,' showing now at Wooly Mammoth. (Photo: Kip Pierson Photography)

Finn McCool at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Most legendary fairies are godmothers, but this one is a terror in vinyl platform boots. In Dizzie Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue's take on the legend of Finn McCool – the Irish warrior who defeated the evil fairy The Morrigan (Debra Buonaccorsi) and her henchman, Goll Mac Morna (Steve McWilliams) – the tale gets a contemporary rock & roll update. The show was a hit at last summer's Fringe Festival. For a St. Patrick's Day reprise, it tells the story of McCool (John Robert Kenna), who was raised by lesbian druids and given the power to defeat the baddies by the "salmon of knowledge," through Green Day-esque music that showcases the cast's instrumental talents. Also noted: This is the second role this season that has required Kenna to box and to play the violin. As McCool conquers "many a badass enemy" (preceded by a drinking song, of course), the folks behind Dizzie Miss Lizzie make him less of a folk hero and more of a guitar hero.

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