Irish Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of John Millington Synge’s classic work chronicling his travels to the desolate Aran Islands. More…
In 1898, upon the advice of W.B. Yeats, Synge went to live among the islanders to "express a life that has never found expression.’’ In this grey, sea-battered landscape, full of mist and wild rain, hearth is home and storytellers spin tales by the fire. Here Synge found inspiration for many later works including 'The Playboy of the Western World' and 'Riders to the Sea.' Irish actor Brendan Conroy tackles the story of Synge's time in this bleakly primitive, mystical land.
See it if Adaptation of Synge's journals of bleak island community as parts sociological study, travelogue & Irish mythmaking Interesting but slow
Don't see it if Actor Conroy doesn't offer enough variation between stories; they seem to blur into one contiuous monologue One standout - an Irish burial
See it if you're a fan of Synge & are curious about his non-fiction & its impact on his plays, enjoy 1-person shows in which the actor plays all roles
Don't see it if you can't concentrate during 1-person shows or deal with a variety of Irish accents, troubled by what the Irish had to endure every day
See it if you're in need of sleep. This one will certainly lull you to sleep. The dark lighting is an asset to that end. There's no arc in this piece.
Don't see it if you can read the book instead. Or if you have any other plays to see.
See it if Plays that look toward the attitudes and customs of the past appeal to you. You have a romanticized view of Irish culture.
Don't see it if You are modern and prefer plays that speak to the issues of our time. The spareness of one-man shows disappoints you.
See it if I have visited the Aran Islands, loved my time there. Hoped to feel some of that atmosphere. It was the wrong play for me to see tonight.
Don't see it if You have difficulty with heavy Irish accents, dark stories, very wordy plays. Stage was dark, stories dark.
See it if you are interested in the Irish experience. It is a masterful glimpse of a different culture portrayed with humor and great affection
Don't see it if you need action and a plot. This is a journey into memory not a play in the strict sense of the word.
See it if you appreciate a good story being told by a master, juggling Irish accents and voices.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy one-man shows or if you have a hard time understanding Irish accents.
See it if you love J.M Synge and can't read the works yourself. Great presentation of the work but a little boring.
Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or Irish literature.
See it if Gem of a production. If you like Irish remoteness, literature, geography and tales
Don't see it if You don't know or admird Irish culture and literature; you don't like one person slow paced plays
See it if you have a love of literature and powerful words that will enrich your soul. This is great writing and holds everything that you could ask
Don't see it if If you don't have concentration and don't appreciate lyrical language