Review: The Brendan Behan we’ll never really know


George informs Brendan that a new school of thought suggests alcoholism is actually a disease, and not only an affliction, and that perhaps he could benefit by tackling it head on.

Behan dismisses his theory almost as soon as it’s offered of course. That’s because the people that stand to benefit most from therapy are usually the first to deny its effectiveness.

Brendan at the Chelsea puts Behan on the couch, sometimes quite literally, but it gets sidetracked by his charm, the way that people once did, and it allows his witty quips to protect him from urgent challenges he faced.

At the end of the play the audience is left wishing they could have known him better, a fate that the whole of Ireland once shared.

Brendan at the Chelsea is playing at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street. For tickets call 212-239-6200.