H denotes a highly recommended critic's choice.
H THE SEAFARER. On Christmas Eve, a battered and bruised (physically as well as spiritually) working- class Irishman finds himself in the high-stakes poker game of his life for his very soul in this slyly written, darkly funny and, at the same time, deeply affecting play by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Far removed from "It's-a-Wonderful-Life" sentimentality, this richly directed, insightfully acted production's assertion of the human spirit resonates long after the last card has been played (12/24). Through Dec. 28. (2:25)
TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl St., Hartford, Conn. Tickets: $37-$58. (860) 527-7838