Revival of Friel oldie still resonates

Revival of Friel oldie still resonates
Mary-Lou McCarthy and Timmy Creed in Lovers

Theatre: Lovers. By Brian Friel. Directed by Julie Kelleher. Everyman Theatre, Cork. Runs until July 25 (excluding Sundays). Rating: 4/5

Brian Friel split his 1967 play Lovers into two distinct parts. In Winners, Mags and Joe are two 17-year-olds who have just finished school and are studying for their final-year exams. Mags is pregnant and in three weeks the couple will marry. In Losers, middle-aged Andy reflects on the transformation in his relationship with Hanna from a giddy courtship to a stale marriage dominated by Hanna’s elderly, controlling mother.

If Lovers is seen as a...

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