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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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