San Diego Premiere


By Steven Dietz

Directed by Andrew Barnicle
January 8 – February 2, 2020

If you’ve ever wished you could go back and have a second chance at a decision you made back in your 20s, this winsome tale will simmer in your mind long after the play ends. Steven Dietz’s lyrical new Irish love story, set amidst tourists exploring the pubs and streets of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” transports us into a compassionate world of history, humor and heartache. Filled with humor, this emotional story captures the intensity of experiences that pass by fleetingly as an older couple retraces their steps to discover their younger selves. BLOOMSDAY gives us a funny, touching and stark look at what it is to be in love no matter what stage of life you’re in.

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  • BLOOMSDAY is a charming play with layers that reveal themselves in clever and unexpected ways. Director Andrew Barnicle brings a sparkle of magic, music, and poetry to the swift-moving 100-minute play.

    – Pam Kragen, San Diego Union~Tribune CRITIC'S CHOICE

  • The key to this play is the selection of the four people who form the cast for this play. Playwright Steven Dietz was in the audience and when told that his play was most enjoyable he responded, ‘Thank the actors and actresses on stage, it’s all because of them.’ BLOOMSDAY is beautifully acted.

    – Tom Robertson, The Vista Press

  • Playing with time on stage is a delicate technique in the hands of four fine actors, directed by Andrew Barnicle, the play’s San Diego debut at North Coast Repertory is a must-see. This is a play that picks at your brain throughout, in a very challenging and satisfying way. And the production at NCRT handles the challenge in excellent fashion.

    – Brad Auerbach, Entertainment Today

  • BLOOMSDAY, is a magical, whimsical, Irish comedy about unrequited love and an uncooperative time continuum. The prolific poetic and lyrical pen of American playwright Steven Dietz delivers a charming and poignant tale that perfectly compliments the skills set of a terrific cast directed by award-winning director Andrew Barnicle. It's a triumphant Must see production.

    – Jack Lyons, Desert Star Weekly/Desert Local News

  • A delightful experience bursting with Irish Charm!

    – Alexandra Magdaleno, artrocks24/7

  • Love, loneliness, longing take a bow in this witty theatrical gem, laced with humor and skillfully delivered by four fine actors. Thinking man's theater, deeply satisfying.

    – Christene Meyers, Critic

All photos courtesy Aaron Rumley.

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