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A rocky, windswept island off the coast of Ireland might initially seem an inauspicious locale to launch a romance. Gardner McKay's Sea Marks, however, suggests that the need for emotional connections are felt most intensely by those accustomed to prolonged isolation. Such is the case with Colm Primrose, the play's lead character, a simple fisherman whose heart of gold is tethered to his remote seaport shore. Aching for an affectionate soul, Colm engages in a long-distance correspondence with Timothea Stiles, a woman who left her own homeland in rural Wales to pursue a publishing career in the relative metropolis of Liverpool. Stirred by the natural poetry of Colm's letters, Timothea encourages the fisherman to visit her in the city, leading him to consider leaving his solitary world behind. But while Timothea is convinced Colm could be the next William Butler Yeats, he can't quite shake the sea from his blood. Yes, the fish-out-of-water story has been told many times over, but the heartfelt yearning of Colm and Timothea make for an irresistible promise, especially when played by Stacia Rice and Peter Christian Hansen, two accomplished performers whose previous pairings added irresistible sparks to such productions as Fool for Love and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Directed by Ellen Fenster, Sea Marks plays like an ode to spring, thawing the sentiments of even the most frostbitten romantics. (Photo by Sarah Bauer)
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: April 20. Continues through May 13, 2012