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The Complete Plays
This volume includes the complete texts of all the plays by J.M. Synge. Produced at the Abbey Theater which Synge founded. Represents one of the major dramatic achievements of the 20th century.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 12th 1960 by Vintage
(first published 1912)
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I read this collection as part of a class on Irish Revival Literature. Out of the five assigned plays (we didn't do Tinker's Wedding, though I did read it on my own), I'd have to say "Playboy of the Western World" and "Well of the Saints" were my favorites; they just struck me as more interesting than some of the others. If you're studying theatre or just enjoy reading plays for fun, I'd suggest you check the plays of Synge out, if only for "Playboy" and its significance to drama. For the curiou ...more
Playboy of the Western World is clearly the standout play in the series, followed closely by the two one acts and The Well of the Saints. All of the plays in this book (except for Deirdre of the Sorrows) play upon a dark comedic notion that tend to show a lot about humanity, and one can appreciate how forward some of the ideas were during the early 20th century. That being said, Deirdre of the Sorrows did not do anything with that common theme found in the other plays, nor was it really that sad ...more
Synge's plays are drawn from his experiences as he travelled Ireland, but they aren't simply transcriptions of incidents. Rather, a story he heard or a character he met served as inspiration. Playboy is a perfect example. But it isn't their origins that make the plays work. It's Synge's way with them. Playboy was such a fresh handling of the idealized western life, and there was outrage in Dublin when the play opened. Synge didn't just give audiences what they wanted and what they already had se ...more
I first read these plays as a freshman at Edinboro University of PA whe I was cast in the Playboy of the Western World. I'm returning to the book now mostly for Riders to the Sea, which is haunting, and beautiful. I think it has great possibility as source material for Akropolis Performance Lab. Very ritualized and musical.
Edmund John Millington Synge (pronounced /sɪŋ/) was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore. He was one of the cofounders of the Abbey Theatre. He is best known for the play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots during its opening run at the Abbey theatre. Synge wrote many well known plays, including "Riders to the Sea", which is often considered to be his ...moreMore about J.M. Synge