The Dark is Light Enough
Christopher Fry
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The Dark is Light Enough

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Atkinson in the NY Times, describes the play: "THE DARK IS LIGHT ENOUGH is set in an Austrian country house in the winter of 1848-49 during a futile uprising of the Hungarians against Austrian rule. The play is concerned with the impact this rebellion has on the inhabitants of the house. Foremost of them is the countess-an eminent lady of wit, independence, compassion and...more
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Published October 28th 1998 by Dramatist's Play Service (first published 1954)
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I really liked this play. It was smart and witty with likable (and enjoyably unlikable) characters saying smart snappy things to each other while in terrible situations which seem to have not way of producing a winning outcome.

Set during an Hungarian insurgency against Austria in the winter for 1848-49, Fry describes this as a "winter comedy" touching on the issues, of war, nationalism, allegiance, desertion, bravery and cowardice, loyalty, love, requited and otherwise, frivolous and deserving n...more
This beautiful, lyrical play is one of Fry's best- a meditation on honor, love, bravery and regret. Each of the principal characters is well-drawn and complex, with some well sketched secondary figures providing a sense of the manor house's society, the invading Hungarian army, etc. It's almost like a darker, more dramatic ARMS AND THE MAN but while it might lack Shaw's wit it makes up for in pathos and moments of genuine, joyful humor scattered throughout, increasing the ultimate impact when th...more
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