Stage review: Colin Hamell keeps ‘Jimmy Titanic’ afloat

Colin Hamell stars in the Tír Na Theatre production of Bernard McMullan’s “Jimmy Titanic.”
Colin Hamell stars in the Tír Na Theatre production of Bernard McMullan’s “Jimmy Titanic.”Michael and Suz Karchmer

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God has been many things on stage, but not, to my knowledge, a chain smoker. And though I can recall a long-ago student production of an English mystery play at the Loeb Experimental Theatre in which God forgot his lines and the Archangel Gabriel had to cue him, I don’t ever remember Gabriel demanding that Heaven-bound souls leave their coins and watches with him as they pass through the pearly gates. God and Gabriel are just two of some 20 delightfully outrageous characters — all portrayed by Colin Hamell — in Bernard McMullan’s darkly funny “Jimmy Titanic,” which has come to the Arsenal Center for the Arts, in a Tír Na Theatre production helmed by former Súgán Theatre artistic director Carmel O’Reilly.

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