The Playboy of the Western World and Two Other Irish Plays
The plays that helped make modern Ireland
Riots greeted the first performance of The Playboy of the Western World at Dublin's Abbey Theatre on 26 January 1907. Eggs, potatoes and even a slice of fruit cake were hurled at the actors during subsequent performances, and it seems unlikely that much of the actual play could have been heard in the uproar. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, with the two other plays in this volume, Yeats's The Countess Cathleen (1892) and O'Casey's Cock-a-doodle Dandy (1949), mark vital stages in the rich explosion of Irish drama that first made itself heard at the turn of the century and gathered momentum during the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Civil War.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - libraryhermit - LibraryThing
When I was reading this whole volume of plays while in my early 20s, I believe the dramatic quality was lost on me. It would have been better for me to have seen the plays live. I will keep my eyes ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bhowell - LibraryThing
These are wonderful plays by one of Ireland's greatist writers. The Playboy of the Western World alone is worth reading. Remember when you read it that this play was a scandal when first produced and ... Read full review