Theatre: Dimly-lit lamp offers poor sanctuary

The Sanctuary Lamp. By Tom Murphy, Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Until July 19

12th July, 2008

The Sanctuary Lamp. By Tom Murphy, Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Until July 19

The tirades against faith and religion in Tom Murphy’s play about the human need for salvation and forgiveness caused great controversy when it was first performed in 1975. In this production, directed by the playwright for the first time, the rants are overcooked and its characters ring false.

When Harry (Robert O’Mahoney), a former circus strongman, encounters the Monsignor (Bosco...

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