Set in an Irish tavern on the sea cliffs of Maine, “Refuge from the Storm” centers on a couple, Tom and Doris Dexter, who seek refuge from a howling storm after their boat is dashed upon the rocks. Their marriage is also on the rocks.

It’s after hours, and the owners of the pub have gone home. The place is hardly deserted though, as Tom and Doris meet five characters.

Bill Murphy wrote and directed this decent one-act that’s been stretched to full-length via a gratuitous second plot line. The performances are uneven, the best being Chase McKenna as the hooker with a heart of gold and David Love as her chain-smoking trick.

A cute plot twist towards what should be the end scores a plus.

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