FEBRUARY 14 - MARCH 1

THE PLAY

J.M. Synge's Irish comedy classic will be the centerpiece of the Theatre's annual Irish Festival.

The Playboy of the Western World is a three-act play written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge and first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 26 January 1907. It is set in Michael James Flaherty's public house in County Mayo (on the west coast of Ireland) during the early 1900s. It tells the story of Christy Mahon, a young man running away from his farm, claiming he killed his father.

The locals are more interested in vicariously enjoying his story than in condemning the immorality of his murderous deed, and in fact, Christy's tale captures the romantic attention of the bar-maid Pegeen Mike, the daughter of Flaherty.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

"...if Synge never glossed over the most brutal truths of human experience — the chief one being its inevitable extinguishing — his mournful sensitivity to suffering was matched by an unapologetic delight in the life force that pulses in the veins of the tinkers, beggars and country people who shuffle or trudge or leap across the stage, expressing passionate loves and hates in some of the most gorgeous rustic language you’ll ever hear onstage, language almost Shakespearean in its texture and vitality."

Charles Isherwood, New York TImes

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PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD

by J.M. Synge

FEBRUARY 14 - MARCH 1

First Central Congregational Church