The Good Thief

An hour, an actor, a harsh tale told quietly. That's about all that's offered in this play by Conor McPherson, receiving its American premiere. But it turns out to be an abundance. Mr. McPherson is the young Irish playwright behind ''The Weir'' and a past master of monologues that meander into devastating symmetry. First staged in 1994, when Mr. McPherson was in his early 20's, ''The Good Thief'' shows a sure gift for unsettling by stealth of which few beginners are capable. The excellent Brian D'Arcy James, (directed by Carl Forsman produced by David Alexanian and Elixir Films) knows just how to perform the sleight of hand that's required for this story of a professional thug on a job that goes nightmarishly wrong.