Howie the Rookie: In brief
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor plays both roles in a reconceived version of writer-director Mark O’Rowe’s brutal Dublin drama, which first rocked New York in 2001.
Howie the Rookie: Theater review by Helen Shaw
Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie has already had two New York productions, a tour in 2001 and a local production in 2005. Now it is back, in a startlingly beautiful one-man version that seems written for its new star, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, perhaps because O’Rowe himself has taken on directing duties. And if producers want to bring Howie back four years from now, then ten, then twelve, we’ll still greet the gorgeous thing with huzzahs: O’Rowe’s hilarious, pimp-rollin’, blood-soaked text has Shakespeare’s interiority, Marlowe’s viciousness and a cowboy’s jangling gait; it’s got Joyce’s sense of place, Faulkner’s sense of language and even a sprinkling of murderously timed fart jokes. Read more
The 1990s in theatre meant more than “in-yer-face” plays. At the same time as British drama was growing graphic and biological, a crop of Irish playwrights were breathing new life into the monologue form. Conor McPherson and Enda Walsh are the best known, but in 1999 Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie almost bridged the gap between the monologue and in-yer-face currents.
Howie Lee and Rookie Lee – no relation – share a surname and a city, Dublin. In Mark O’Rowe’s revival of his own cult classic, both men are played by a single actor, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and they seem to share much more besides: a Neanderthal gait, empty eyes and a slack-jawed drawl. It’s like they were destined to meet in fateful circumstances.
Mark O’Rowe speaks to David Hennessy about Howie The Rookie in The Irish World ahead of performances at The Barbican in London.
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Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Mark O’Rowe interview each other in the Irish Independent on 1st Nov 2014.
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Nadine O’Regan chats to Mark O’Rowe and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ahead of the return of Howie the Rookie.
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The actor is back on TV tomorrow in series five of ‘Love/Hate’. But the punctual, theatre-loving, Donna Tartt-reading actor has little in common with his character
It is curtain call at the end of the first preview of Mark O’Rowe’s emotionally bruising new play, Our Few and Evil Days, at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and the audience are on their feet. On stage, five actors, among them Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, take their bows. Looking out into the auditorium, the cast seem tentative, grateful, humbled by the warmth from the audience, that previously unknowable but essential piece of the jigsaw of theatre.
“I love previews, as an actor or in the audience,” Vaughan-Lawlor says the following morning. “There is that sense that anything can happen.”
Landmark Productions is delighted to announce that, following its performances at the Barbican in London, Howie the Rookie, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, will be presented by BAM and Irish Arts Center as part the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2014 Next Wave Festival.
Introducing the season, Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer of BAM, said: “I am thrilled to be partnering with Irish Arts Center and showcasing the brilliant work of great Irish writers like James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Mark O’Rowe in thoroughly contemporary re-tellings, as part of our 2014 Next Wave Festival.”
With the support of Culture Ireland, Howie the Rookie will feature alongside the work of Pan Pan’s Embers and The Emergency Room/Galway International Arts Festival co-production of Olwen Fouere’s riverrun. BAM Next Wave also features the work of such world-class artists as Robert Wilson, Rupert Wainwright, the Berliner Ensemble, Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, Meredith Monk and Philip Glass.
Howie the Rookie will play BAM’s Next Wave Festival from December 10-14, 2014. Booking details here.