The Playboy of the Western World
When Kenneth Tynan, the great British theatre critic, was asked to review yet another revival of The Playboy of the Western World, he quipped: "It is possible to have too much of a good Synge." We have come a long way since this tragicomedy about Irish peasant life caused riots at its Abbey premiere in 1907, prompting WB Yeats to complain that the country had made a disgrace of itself.
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