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The Plough and the Stars

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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

Resonant, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if haven't seen anything from O'Casey. It is basically 4 short stories with interesting characters. Some funny moments, some sad. Great!

Don't see it if have an issue with accents. If you do go, don't get frustrated. After about 5 minutes, your ear will tune itself to the Irish.

Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a Sean O'Casey play done well.

Don't see it if you want to see something light and fluffy.

Intense, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Classic O’Casey confronting the 1916 Easter Rebellion and its impact on the young and old Catholics and Protestants in fight for Ireland

Don't see it if Somewhat confusing performance with Irish accents would challenge your attention notwithstanding the excellence of the production

Overrated, Intense, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You are a follower or historian of Irish Drama.

Don't see it if I get it. Irish drama involves a long set-up, comic characters and then a knockout punch. This was overly long, comic characters dragged

Also On too long and it wasn’t funny to start with.

Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in Irish history, particularly the Easter rebellion and the effect it had on ordinary people. You enjoy political theater

Don't see it if You don’t like traditional theater. You are not interested in Irish history.

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

See it if like Sean O'Casey and want to see an excellent drama. Irish Repertory does wonderful theater and Charlotte Moore did a fantastic job.

Don't see it if you can't handle very sad doings and have trouble with the Irish accent.

Great staging, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if Slice of real life in the Ireland of 1916 and the struggle of creating the Republic. Strong writing, performances, effective staging.

Don't see it if You have a problem with accents or are looking for a "stage Irish" interpretation this is not for you. This is real life in Dublin tenement

Also Third play of O'Casey's "Dublin Trilogy" of Shadow of the Gunman, Juno... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if See it if you enjoy a great drama

Don't see it if Don’t see it if your not into dramas

Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like classic Irish theatre, are interested in the 1916 uprising

Don't see it if You struggle with strong accents, don't like the slight melodrama of a period piece, aren't interested in Irish history

Entertaining, Slow, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like excellent acting even if the direction isn’t at the same level, or if you are interested in Irish history

Don't see it if If you like face-paced shows you will find this slow


See it if Brilliant and touching. So fresh eventhough it was written in the early 20th century. Profoundly moving

Don't see it if If you only like contemporary drama

During previews
Well played, Beautifully constructed, Historical, Uneven, Traditional

See it if you’d like to see a strong production of a play that holds an important place in the histories of Ireland & of the theater.

Don't see it if you don't care about Irish history or modern classical plays.

Also The Irish Rep’s current production of the modern Irish classic play “T... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a great Irish play done by an exemplary cast in an intimate, effective setting...and MA Plunkett is stunning

Don't see it if you hate accents and heavy plays about the tolls of war and independence

During previews
Amazing set design, Diction needs work, I had trouble understanding some of the actors, Great acting

See it if You're interested in Irish history and all the tragedy that encompasses.

Don't see it if You're looking for a comedy.

Also True to its name, the Irish Rep is doing three Sean O'Casey plays in r... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like history pieces. Irish rep did a great job on this trilogy. Easter revolt was a war that could happen now. Very resonant

Don't see it if You do not like slow paced dramas. Or violence based war shows

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Must see, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Fine production of this powerful and controversial play set during the 'Easter Rising' of 1916. O'Casey criticizes all points of view which

Don't see it if lead to tragedy for ordinary people. This and the other 2 plays in the author's "Dublin Trilogy" have been extended to June 22, 2019. Grab.

During previews
Masterful, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are interested in Irish history! The acting is superb, but sometimes hard to understand their accent! The Irish Rep puts on great shows!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Irish history and find it difficult to understand an Irish accent.

During previews
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Serious linear old school drama, especially if you enjoy plays about the old sod

Don't see it if Only enjoy fluff

Also Listen , or you might have difficulty with the dialect

During previews
Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if This is a story about the Irish troubles and the IRA and is set in Dublin. Irish Rep always puts on a good show. I am always impressed.

Don't see it if You are not interested in this time period and this struggle. I saw the first production of this play at Irish Rep 30+ years ago. See it.

During previews
Unfocused, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in seeing important plays in theatre history. This is a classic.

Don't see it if The Irish accents were tough for me to get used to. It took a while to get accustomed to them.

Also Show is in previews now. It has some beautiful moments, but at this ti... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like Sean o Casey plays, then you'll love it

Don't see it if Its a dark period in Ireland's history

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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