The Good Father by Christian O’Reilly May 10 – 14

Milwaukee Irish Arts is presenting its spring production “The Good Father” by Christian O’Reilly. Mr. O’Reilly was sparked by a few impulses to write the play, “I wanted to write about the shared humanity of two people from contrasting social backgrounds. I wanted to write about a man with a strong desire to be a father who never thought he’d get the chance. And I wanted to write an unexpected love story.”

The Irish Independent says this about the play: “The Good Father’s hilarious banter has the audience in stitches for the better part of two hours and still doesn’t interfere with the characters’ emotional development. This is inescapable, electric dialogue…THE GOOD FATHER portrays a relationship that shouldn’t happen, but must, and it drags two people, whether they like it or not, from skepticism, to love, to grief, and to hope…O’Reilly handles the painful turbulence of a modern relationship with remarkable skill, as well as displaying considerable understanding of human psychology…O’Reilly’s dialogue is crisp, incisive and intelligent, and hangs like a garland around the mundane depths of daily misery and pain…It’s the substance of every romantic tale that’s ever been told and yet it shines through as if new, thanks to writing that skims along at breakneck pace.

Jane: Becky Cofta
Tim: Nate Press

Director, Set and Sound Design: James J Gallagher
Technical Director: Eamonn O'Neill
Artistic Director: John Gleeson
Administration: Pam Kissinger

The play will be presented in Parlor B at the Irish Culturual Heritage Center on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, May 11 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 13 at 2:00 PM
  • Monday, May 14 at 7:30 PM

The Irish Cultural Heritage Center is at 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI

This is a “pay what you can” play. We are accepting donations of your choice to see this play. We ask that you register at our ticketing site –

The bar will be open during the performance.

Milwaukee Irish Arts will present this play at the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival in Calgary, Canada on May 23.

Here is a reveiw of the production by Russ Bickerstaff: