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DRUIDMURPHY OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: July 8, 2012
Synopsis: DruidMurphy is the story of Irish emigration; a story both of those who went and those who were left behind. Told through three of the greatest plays of Tom Murphy; Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine, DruidMurphy is a major celebration of one of Ireland’s most respected living dramatists. Crossing oceans and spanning decades, DruidMurphy covers the period from The Great Hunger of the 19th century to the ‘new’ Ireland of the 70s, exploring what we mean when we call a place home.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"The Ireland of the painful past, the Ireland of the haunted present and perhaps the Ireland of the future are engaging in fractious battle in “DruidMurphy,” the latest adventure in epic theater-making by the invaluable Druid Theater Company, led by the brilliant director Garry Hynes. "
"Thanks to 26 plays over the last 50-plus years, Tom Murphy is one of Ireland’s best-known and influential dramatists. Who? That’s apt to be the reaction in New York, where the 77-year-old writer’s works are rarely performed. The superbly acted and staged “DruidMurphy” changes that — in triplicate. As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, Galway’s Druid Theatre Company celebrates its countryman with three of his dramas written between 1961 and 1985. They can be seen separately or as an all-day marathon.
"There’s no getting around the unrelenting misery of “DruidMurphy.” Made up of three plays by Irish playwright Tom Murphy — unknown in the US but much admired at home — this is one of the most uncompromisingly grim events of the year. Benefiting from a very good production by Galway’s Druid Theatre for the Lincoln Center Festival, it’s easier to admire than to love.
"Tom Murphy, one of Ireland's most prominent playwrights, is not as well-known in this country as many of his contemporaries. But that's about to change. The Druid Theatre Company of Galway, which has previously produced marathons of plays by Irish writers like John Millington Synge and Samuel Beckett, has returned to Lincoln Center Festival with a lineup of three works by Murphy. "
"What does it mean to be Irish after an era in which the governing powers make a deliberate attempt to destroy Irish national identity? "DruidMurphy" is a compelling trio of plays by renowned Irish dramatist Tom Murphy that span 25 years of his career, set between 1846 and the early 1970s. Directed by Garry Hynes for Galway's Druid company as part of the annual Lincoln Center Festival, the ensemble is strong and moving in these often brutally realistic productions."
"Theatrical fireworks exceeding anything seen over the Hudson River on July 4th are on display at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater courtesy of "DruidMurphy," part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Here are three unrelated but complementary dramas by Irish scribe Tom Murphy, imported from the Galway-based Druid Theater and directed by founder/a.d. Garry Hynes. Ten-day fest visit includes two single performances of each title, plus two full-cycle marathon days. Each play packs a wallop, figuratively and literally; the combination of Hynes, her designers and a strong cast of Irish actors makes the marathons exceptional viewing."
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