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Throughout the pandemic, New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre has been setting the standard for theatrical webcasts in America. Now all nine of the shows that the company presented in 2020 are being replayed in rotating repertory—four times each—as part of its Theatre @ Home Winter Festival. I reviewed most of them with high enthusiasm during their original runs, but “Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom, ” a revival of Aedín Moloney’s one-woman show adapted by her and the Irish novelist Colum McCann from James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” inexplicably got past me. It is an unmixed pleasure to catch up with it now. Ms. Moloney is one of the Irish Rep’s most gifted actors—I have reviewed her in several of that great company’s productions, including its unforgettable 2011 revival of Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa”—and I didn’t see a more impressive individual performance by anyone last year….
Joyce’s unpunctuated run-on sentences, though resistant to the eye, explode into life when read aloud or—better still—acted by an artist like Ms. Moloney, who was born and raised in Dublin and whose accent is as Irish as a triple shot of Jameson….
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