On the Radar: Irish playwright Conor McPherson's dark comedy The Seafarer at American Stage

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As the night wears on, Sharky discovers that the stakes in this game have been raised to include nothing less than his soul. Todd Olson directs a talented cast, including Tom Nowicki, Christopher Swan, Richard Coppinger, Brian Webb Russell and Steve Garland. July 21-Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., American Stage, 163 Third St. S., St. Petersburg, $26-$45, $10 student rush tickets 30 minutes prior to the curtain, americanstage.org. --Anthony Salveggi

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming arts events to mark your calendars for. After award-winning runs in London and Broadway, acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer finally arrived at American Stage for its Tampa Bay premiere this week.

Inspired by an 8th-century Anglo-Saxon poem of the same name — one that dwells heavily on suffering, life’s transience and the fear of God — McPherson’s dark comedy is set in a dingy house in the Northern suburbs of Dublin, one that James “Sharky” Harkin shares with his older, blind brother. Christmas Eve finds the pair hosting a night of heavy drinking and poker-playing with two old friends and one stranger who turns out to be — dum dum DUM! — the Devil himself.

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