A new way of looking at the final curtain

The Way We Die Now; By Seamus O’Mahony

17th July, 2016
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In Tom Murphy’s 1998 play The Wake, which is currently receiving an extraordinary production at the Abbey Theatre, Vera O’Toole comes home from the US following the death of her beloved grandmother. By the time she arrives, however, her grandmother is interred, though she is not quite sleeping peacefully in her grave. Vera discovers that her grandmother wasn’t...

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