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Plays 1: Philadelphia, Here I Come! / The Freedom of the City / Living Quarters / Aristocrats / Faith Healer / Translations

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A collection of six plays by the Irish playwright, Brian Friel.
Philadelphia, Here I Come! -- The Freedom of the City -- Living Quarters -- Aristocrats -- Faith Healers -- Translations
Paperback, 455 pages
Published January 22nd 1996 by Faber & Faber
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Renée
Feb 20, 2015 Renée rated it it was amazing
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FREEDOM OF THE CITY

A very touching play based on the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry, Ireland, 1970. The play follows Michael Hegarty, an activist and protester for Civil Right, Lily Doherty, a mother of 11 living in the Catholic Bogside and Adrian "Skinner" Casimir, an insightful, quick and spontaneous man also involved in the protest.
The three cross paths and end up in the Guildhall, where their stories and lifestyles are revealed to the audience giving us a wider understanding of three very
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Phillip
Nov 17, 2014 Phillip rated it it was amazing
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Probably my favorite play in this collection is The Freedom of the City, which directly confronts the arbitrary nature of violence in the Northern Ireland Troubles. Part of the problem Friel identifies is that narratives are imposed on events regardless of the facts--narratives of poverty, terrorism, violence, and resistance, which may distort the actual experience of an event.

I also really like Translations, but I think I have a separate review of that.

Philadelphia, Here I Come was good, and Ar
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I just finished reading the last play in this Friel collection. I had seen Aristocrats on stage in Dublin and thought it was ok, but I enjoyed it much more reading the actual play. My other favorites in this collection are Translations, Living Quarters, and Faith Healer. I guess I'll move on to Volume 2 now....
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5 stars for Philadelphia, Here I Come and Aristocrats. 4 for The Freedom of the City and Living Quarters
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Brian Friel is a playwright and, more recently, director of his own works from Ireland who now resides in County Donegal.

Friel was born in Omagh County Tyrone, the son of Patrick "Paddy" Friel, a primary school teacher and later a borough councillor in Derry, and Mary McLoone, postmistress of Glenties, County Donegal (Ulf Dantanus provides the most detail regarding Friel's parents and grandparents
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