Philadelphia, Here I Come


Author: Brian Friel
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571300979
Category: Drama
Page: 112
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Fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and the humiliating job in his father's grocery shop, with his frustrated love for Kathy Doogan who married a richer, more successful young man and with the total absence of prospect and opportunity in his life at home, Gareth O'Donnell has accepted his aunt's invitation to come to Philadelphia. Now, on the eve of his departure, he is not happy to be leaving Ballybeg. With this play Brian Friel made his reputation and it is now an acknowledged classic of modern drama.

Brian Friel's (Post) Colonial Drama

Language, Illusion, and Politics
Author: Francis Charles McGrath
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815628132
Category: Drama
Page: 312
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Drawing on the theory and techniques of the major post-colonial critics, this text offers an interpretation of Brian Friel's texts and his place in the tradition of linguistic idealism in Irish literature.

Critical Moments

Fintan O'Toole on Modern Irish Theatre
Author: Fintan O'Toole
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9781904505037
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 400
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Collection of critical essays, reviews and articles on Irish theatre by critic Fintan O'Toole

Portrayals of Americans on the World Stage

Critical Essays
Author: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786454911
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 250
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This collection of 14 essays explores drama from around the world that depicts the United States and Americans. From eighteenth century German dramas about Native Americans through post–Revolutionary War British plays, to the theaters of contemporary Japan, Mexico, Serbia, Ireland, Ghana and other nations, the contributors consider conflicting representations of Americans. Often critical, sometimes flattering, and occasionally insulting, these various international views highlight perceptions of America abroad and how they influence the world’s stages.

Brian Friel in Conversation


Author: Brian Friel
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472067107
Category: Drama
Page: 289
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Reflections by the author of Dancing at Lughnasa on Irish writers, the theater, nationalism, Catholicism, and his childhood

The Achievement of Brian Friel


Author: Alan J. Peacock
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780861403493
Category: Fiction
Page: 267
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This book addresses the variety and complexity of Ireland's leading living dramatist by bringing together a range of academic and other professional and creative approaches. The contributors, including Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, invoke the intellectual richness, humanity, and protean skill and invention of Friel's work.

A Small Nation's Contribution to the World

Essays on Anglo-Irish Literature and Language
Author: Donald E. Morse,Csilla Bertha,István Pálffy
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780861403752
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 248
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This collection contains a selection from the papers given at the 1989 conference of the International Association for the study of Anglo-Irish Literature. The selection is broadly representative of the truly international nature of the conference, whose delegates came from every continent, and of the study of Irish literature today. It includes essays on Beckett, Joyce, Friel, Yeats, O'Casey, Parker, Clarke, Kinsella, Muldoon, Mahon, Banville, Brian Moore, Edna O'Brien, Swift and Edgeworth, as well as on critical issues, such as the uses of the fantastic in prose and drama, modernism and romanticism, Irish semiotics, social criticisms in contemporary Irish poetry and, especially appropriate for the occasion, the relationship and influence of Hungary and Ireland in one another's literature. Contributors to this volume are Csilla Bertha, Eoin Bourke. Patrick Burke, Martin J. Croghan, Ruth Felischmann, Maurice Harmon, Werner Huber, Thomas Kabdebo, Veronica Kniezsa, Maria Raizis, Aladar Sarbu, Bernice Schrank, Joseph Swann and Andras Ungar. This is the forty-fifth volume of the Irish Literary Studies Series.

Actors' Voices: The People Behind the Perfomances

The People Behind the Performances
Author: Patrick O'Kane
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1849433364
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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In conversation with Patrick O’Kane, eleven experienced actors who have made a living, a life, in theatre, television and film, share their process, comment on their experiences and consider their role as theatre artists within the broader spectrum of Art and Culture. Contributors, who have worked across a range of forms from mainstream theatre to experimental performance practice, include: Claire Price, Ruairi Conaghan, Mojisola Adebayo, Tim Crouch, Olwen Fouéré, Gerrard McArthur, Gabriel Gawin, Selina Cadell, Simon Russell Beale, Paterson Joseph and Jim Norton. A book that actors can mine for tips on craftsmanship and the business. A book that reveals to directors which approaches enable actors and which block them. A book that calls the UK industry to attention: actors should be embraced as primary creators along with the writer, director and designer of any production. “The book is a rare creature, offering privileged and disarmingly frank encounters with the people behind the performances. It will engage anyone involved in or in love with theatre – practitioners, critics, customers, administrators, agents, teachers, students” – Irish Theatre “An excellent exposé of the trials and tribulations, joys and insecurities of a life on the stage.” – British Theatre Guide “Plenty of tips here both on actor craftsmanship and on how the industry works... the real strength of O’Kane’s book is its breadth” – The Stage "This is a book about the precious dedication that makes this profession ancient and new. A clutch of wonderful minds provoked, represent the important ongoing conversation about stories, skill and life. It’s a treat." – Fiona Shaw