The inheritance

Michael West’s one-man play “Foley,”

“Becoming a Catholic was the most Protestant thing I ever did.”

So says the title character in Michael West’s one-man play “Foley,” the final production of the 2002-03 Penn Presents season.

“ Foley,” at the Annenberg Center through May 17, is a lyrical, amusing story of a man coming to terms with the things his family really passed on to him. As Foley—played by Andrew Bennett, the narrator of the film “Angela’s Ashes”—reminisces about the things he did to rebel against his family’s aristocratic pretensions, he realizes that his inheritance is not the things that come down to you, it’s the things you can’t get rid of.

The Times of London said of “Foley,” “Beautifully written as a long, dark night of the soul, the piece’s vivid language, daubs of humor and sheer poetry keep gloom at bay.”

— S.S.

 “FOLEY”: Through Saturday, May 17, in Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; see day-by-day listings for performance times. Tickets $32; discounts for students, seniors and Penn affiliates available. Tickets/info: www.pennpresents.org or 215-898-3900.

Originally published on May 15, 2003