13th out of 34 books — 21 voters
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Drama pitched perfectly. Here are stories you'd overhear in the bar, fervent voices and eyes desperate to make contact, shaking hands and stories that need to be told --- the catch, of course, that even just telling a story is "full of mischief," as McPherson writes in his brief note to St. Nicholas. McPherson's plays work best on the page when a mixture of immersion and interaction carry the reader into the world: this can happen in ensemble pieces such as The Weir (undoubtedly the best piece h...more
Admittedly, for me, this fellow's work is hard to lift off the page. Granted, he directs all of his own plays, so that makes a tremendous difference. That said, the characters and their dialogue are so specific and well written that you really believe who they are. The problem is not what is being said, but what the play is about. None have what you can call a plot. It is all about the internal machinations and reckonings (or not) of the characters. I have read the plays twice now and still have...more
If you are interested in Irish ghost stories, The Weir is an excellent play! I haven't read the other plays in this collection, in part because they are all monologues/soliloquies, so my rating is only for the Weir. The Weir is an appropriate warm-up for The Eclipse, a new movie written and directed by the same author, which is funny and frightening in equal portions.
Weir scared the crap out of me and made me cry. So i loved it. Some of his other plays, especially the monologues, i did not get into as much when reading- i heard they are wonderful when performed. My friend Mohamed let me borrow this book, and i think i forgot to give it back before I left the state of california. sorry mo.