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The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge
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Apr 01, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: drama
Read in August, 2011

A play that caused riots back in the day, Synge's Playboy of the Western World is a classic Irish comedy -- black with flecks of light to fool you into thinking things might turn out all right. I don't know if the play itself stands the test of time (its celebration of a murderer doesn't seem all that shocking today, nor does its rebuke of him; and how the play settles its thematic score makes the whole enterprise seem flimsy, by today's standards). But I will say the play is a classic for a reason; it takes a community, turns it upside down, then rights it to see what's left over of its principles. Worth the price of admission for that daring-do alone.

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