Monday March 30, 2020

Theatre: A crowd-pleaser is always a good Synge

The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge. Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, until August 5. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

14th July, 2012
Amanda Coakley and Muiris Crowley in The Playboy Of The Western World.

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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