Sunday September 20, 2020

McGuinness’s ambitious drama can’t hit the right notes

If it is not the best thing you have ever seen at the Abbey, it will surely be the worst.

6th November, 2016
Keith McErlean, Megan Riordan and John Kavanagh in Frank McGuinness’s Donegal PIc: Ros Kavanagh

Donegal: Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Rating:**, Until November 19

The conceit is so odd, so completely improbable, it surely has to be a work of genius. A country and western musical on Ireland’s most generously funded, most prestigious stage. If it is not the best thing you have ever seen at the Abbey, it will surely be the worst.

But that’s what artistic risk is all about, isn’t it? Unfortunately, the only heartening...

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