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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
Avg Score

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.

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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