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‘Disco Pigs’ review: Enda Walsh breakout play at Irish Rep

Talk about a teenage wasteland. When it comes to Enda Walsh’s star-making work “Disco Pigs,” that’s an apt description for the lives of the play’s adolescent inhabitants.

It also describes the grimy, gray, charred-looking setting created for the gripping 20th anniversary revival from London at Irish Repertory Theatre through Feb. 18.

Colin Campbell and Evanna Lynch make vivid impressions as the near-feral Pig and Runt. Those are earthy and affectionate nicknames for two misfits who are born within minutes of each other on the same day, in the same hospital.

Now 17, they’re joined tightly at the hip (they live in their own fantasy land), the mouth (they speak their own language, including slang, oinks and grunts) as well as the head and the heart. They both have violent streaks, which are exacerbated by the dependent duo’s emerging sexual desires — not necessarily for each other.

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Runt and Pig (Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell, respectively) watch telly and take inspiration from "Baywatch." 

Runt and Pig (Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell, respectively) watch telly and take inspiration from “Baywatch.” 

(Jeremy Daniel (www.jeremydanielphoto.com)/Jeremy Daniel)

The Dublin-born Walsh, a Tony-winner for the romantic “Once,” is at home with stories filled with shadows and tortured souls. That includes “The New Electric Ballroom,” “Misterman” and, of course, “Disco Pigs.”

Director John Haidar’s staging moves at a fitting fast and furious clip. So much so your ears may ache as they try to adjust to the accents, unfamiliar references and Pig-and-Runt speak. That gets marginally easier over 75 minutes.

The lives of Pig and Runt don’t. At one point the two are entranced and inspired by “Baywatch.” It’s going to take more than the Hoff and Pamela Anderson to rescue these two outcast teens.

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