Stage: McGuinness miniature opens boldly
The Hanging Gardens by Frank McGuinness. Directed by Patrick Mason. Abbey Theatre, Dublin, until November 9. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.
The Hanging Gardens
Frank McGuinness is nothing if not audacious. The opening scene of his engrossing new play is a direct nod to one of English literature's most iconic moments, King Lear losing his mind on the heath. Sam Grant, a revered Donegal novelist sliding into dementia, sits on his garden chair like a throne in the middle of the night and embraces the rain while his pyjama-clad family plead with him to go inside.
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