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 like theater that unpacks a historical period and digs into how the characters react to it.
Don't see it if you need something that's relevant to modern times.
See it if ...you 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 ...you 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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 I've attended many plays via Show-Score and loved them all but this one consisted of a group of talented actors yelling at each other. ugh!
Don't see it if Really wanted to like the show but was so relieved when intermission came. Thought maybe it was just me but my wife said "lets leave"
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.
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 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
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
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
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.
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.