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The Plough and the Stars

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

About the show

O’Casey's 1926 drama centers a young woman who fights to keep her family afloat, as Ireland stands on the brink of revolution. Get prime orchestra seats for only $55 (regularly $70) when you buy a Show-Score Select!  More…

Nora Clitheroe tries to keep her husband Jack from the revolutionary fervor sweeping through Dublin. But Jack becomes a Commandant in the Irish Citizen Army, and when the Easter Rising of 1916 begins, he leaves a pregnant Nora to help lead the fight. The disparate, quarrelsome tenement residents are forced to shelter together as urban warfare makes their home nearly as treacherous as the streets. Passions and ideals rise and converge, but in the end, loss and devastation triumph over the promise of a new Ireland.

"The Plough and the Stars" is being presented in repertory along with the other two plays of Sean O’Casey’s "Dublin Trilogy" ("Juno and the Paycock" and "The Shadow of a Gunman") as Irish Rep’s "O’Casey Cycle."

Member Reviews (54)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

Incomprehensible, Slow, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you have a hard time understanding thick accents, but enjoy a challenge.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding thick accents, and don't enjoy a challenge. I understood about 10%; the rest was accents.

Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like O'Casey's work and want to see talented (but tired) actors get through this play.

Don't see it if You want an easy to understand play- both linguistically and plot wise. There was a LOT of screaming for no reason.

Also I was in the front row and couldn't see for the entire first half beca... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Poor direction, Some bad acting

See it if You have to see any production of this Sean O’Casey play that is available, no matter how well done.

Don't see it if If, like me, you saw and loved “Juno and The Paycock” at Irish Rep recently and expect this to be a production of similar quality- it’s not.

Melodramatic, Lovely scenic design, Museum piece, Dated

See it if You want to learn some history about the Irish revolution from the perspective of the common Irish of the time

Don't see it if You are looking to be emotionally rocked or if you are looking for comedy.

Also It’s a talented team of actors and the design is beautiful (though the... Read more Read less

During previews
Irish, irish, o'casey

See it if you like Irish plays about the war, if you like O'Casey, if you want to complete the trilogy. Great set, good acting.

Don't see it if you find the Irish accents difficult; if you don't want to hear yelling all the time; if you are tired of the Irish ranting and raving. Long

During previews
Fine cast in a poorly crafted play

See it if because any O'Casey play is worthy of your attention; fine cast, very smart set, well directed

Don't see it if overly pedantic, poorly crafted storylines and too many stereotypes showing the worst of Irish sectarianism will bore you

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You want to see a show with excellent acting written by a classic writer.

Don't see it if You want a production that is easy to understand. The Irish accents were too thick.

May 15th, 2019
“Starts off in such a jolly manner that you may think you’re in for a comedy....Moore’s naturalistic production makes us care for everybody, no matter how vituperative, pigheaded or cartoonishly comical, and the cast is largely excellent...Each character is lovingly rendered, honoring the play’s ...
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May 2nd, 2019
"Staged with unmannered directness by Charlotte Moore and acted by an ensemble cast whose members sound as though they’d just stepped off the morning plane from Dublin, it will leave you wondering why O’Casey’s plays aren’t done by every top-tier theater company in America...The abject desperatio...
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April 30th, 2019
“Director Charlotte Moore has done an outstanding job eliciting the humor of the first two acts before immersing us in the tragic events of the play's second half. The cast is exceptional, with hilarious performances...One of the theater's foremost antiwar playwrights, O'Casey is unsparing in his...
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May 15th, 2019
“The Irish Rep's Sean O'Casey trilogy ends on a note of triumph with Moore's staging of this little-seen report from the embattled streets of Dublin...’The Plough and the Stars’ is a polyphonic display of voices -- comic, tragic, wounded, furious -- bearing witness to a city at war with itself......
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