McPherson's masterful return to form

The characters in Tony award-winning play The Seafarer are familiar ones; the ones who wait for early houses to open, who cradle a pint in solitude, who avoid the missus, avoid reality and lament opportunities lost. So when the desolate loneliness and drunken companionship of four men is shared over a card game with the devil on Christmas Eve, a story unfolds of chances given and chances taken.  Each has a skeleton in their closet, and each character holds that story, like their cards: close.