It's a portentous time in the Mundy sisters' household. Jack, the older brother of the five young women, has returned from his missionary work in Uganda to settle into the small cottage the ladies share in the rural hills of Donegal, Ireland. This blessing soon causes consternation, as Jack seems to have forgotten his Catholicism -- a requisite for a priest -- and clashes with the stridently religious oldest sister Kate. The sudden arrival of Gerry Evans, one-time beau of Christine and father of seven-year-old Michael, further enrages Kate. As the only gainfully employed sister, Kate's words carry a lot of weight, but she can't shake Chris from her dreams of marriage to Gerry any more than she can stop the rest of the village from engaging in the pagan ritual of Lughnasadh, the Celtic harvest festival. Brian Friel's Tony award-winning drama Dancing at Lughnasa
captures an Irish family in the dying days of a glorious summer, right before everything turns harder and meaner. Mustard Seed Theatre closes its current season with Dancing at Lughnasa
. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (April 13 to 30; no show on April 16) at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; www.mustardseedtheatre.com
). Tickets are $30 to $35.