Michael Ryan Buckley as Dev in Distant Music
Michael Ryan Buckley as Dev in Distant Music

STONEHAM -- Stoneham Theatre gets into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with Distant Music by James McLindon.

Performances are Feb. 28-March 10 at the theater, located at 395 Main St.

Lowell's Image Theater Company presented Distant Music in its Massachusetts premiere in 2007. Weylin Symes, Stoneham's producing artistic director, was equally captivated by it and decided to bring it to his theater.

"Distant Music was an easy choice for us. It's by a local playwright, takes place in Cambridge and is full of local flavor," he said.

Set in a bar, Distant Music tells the story of Dev, an Irish barkeeper with the gift of gab, and two patrons, a devout Catholic and a Harvard professor on a snowy Day of Epiphany.

"I couldn't resist the humor and humanity of the relationships among these three unique characters," said Symes. "I love plays that focus on friendship. I care about these people and I know our audiences will, too."

Tickets $40-$48. Call 781-279-2200 or visit www.stonehamtheatre.org.

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Nancye Tuttle's email is nancyedt@verizon.net.