A Scot, an Irishman, and two Brits walk into a bar: Asylum’s set-up reminds me of a joke but its subject matter is anything but. What begins as light-hearted reminiscences between friends on the bittersweet final night of a beloved neighborhood pub slowly culminates into a shocking finale that will get audience members talking over their own post-show drinks.
The show begins with a couple of middle-aged men, London (Doug Phillips) and Scotty (Sean Tucker), enjoying a pint at their favorite pub. Soon they are joined by Yorkie (Charlie Ebbs), the owner who is closing up shop for the final time. London and Scotty are not only regulars; they’re Yorkie’s friends who have assembled to toast his legacy.
The first act of Asylum is kind of slow as these men (later joined by Brian Stewart’s Paddy) alternate between raucously funny drinking stories and quiet memories of loved ones long departed. There may not be much character development or narrative going on but it’s an entertaining show with a language, pace, and style that kept me interested and laughing.Read the full review.