This famous play by Sean O’Casey , presented by the Abbey Theatre Company from Ireland was only in Toronto for four days. We were going to be there, so it seemed fated that we should go. We’ve been having a great run with the Scottish National Theatre and the English National Theatre, so why not the Irish?
To say we were disappointed is an understatement. Bored is a much better word, so bored that we left at the intermission. The first act didn’t seem to be going anywhere, so it was hard to hope that the second act would be any better.
The play is about the events of 1916, leading up to Bloody Sunday. For some odd reason, the director decided to do it in modern dress and add modern songs. It did not work.
The play may have caused riots when it was first presented in 1927, but we left thinking that the Irish had been hoodwinked by a Hitler sounding madman, obsessed by the glory of war and death!
I will read the play to see if the play was the problem or just the production.