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A ‘Touch’ of serious drama

Byrne takes a poetic turn

Eugene O’Neill’s “A Touch of the Poet” is a serious endeavor. Just ask Gabriel Byrne, currently appearing as the play’s tragically deluded central figure in the Roundabout revival that opened Dec. 8.

“It’s a difficult role,” the thesp said after the show’s opening night Dec. 8. “But I guess all roles are meant to be difficult, when you’re up there hoping all the words come out right.”

After “Poet,” Byrne has two movies coming out: One, “Wah-Wah,” follows the disintegration of a marriage in Swaziland, and the other, “Jindabyne,” involves fishermen who find a dead body in a river.

“After this, I’d love to do something really, really light,” Byrne said.

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