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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Like so many of the great Irish authors, McPherson's writing has a beautiful, lyrical quality and the characters he creates are not easily forgotten. Once again, he explores the heart and psyche of the common man in these three interconnected monologues. The young man who is desperate to move out of his parent's house once and for all; the middle-aged man, a borderline alc ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Theatre Communications Group
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This beautifully simply written play is about contented regret and everyday loss told through three characters.

Kevin is living away from his parents for the first time, sharing a house with friends and falling in love with a young woman he’s afraid to pursue. Dermot, who gets his courage from alcohol, can’t believe his good luck when he lands a great job above his qualifications. Joe lives in a retirement home and doesn’t have much need for energy until he receives a mysterious package from a l
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A deceptively simple three monologue structure paints a moving picture of the three ages of man and the women they love, are loved by, failed to treasure or were not loved back by. The major themes are of lost opportunities, lost love, decisions and choices not made.

Ultimately profound and moving, it also evokes Dublin life precisely and delicately.
Jul 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
O'Connor's story unfolds beautifully, with each character seeming separate, yet their involvement grows and grows as the story progresses. The characters are well developed, real, and relatable. While seeing this would be the ultimate option, it's a short but touching read. ...more
Tom Romig
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterful storyteller Conor McPherson here has three Irish men of different generations baring their souls via alternating monologues. The characters never talk directly to each other, though they are connected in subtle and intriguing ways. I saw a fine performance of the play at the Quotidian Theatre in Bethesda and afterwards read this script. (The play's format puts me in mind of Brian Friel's Faith Healer, which also has three characters delivering monologues.) ...more
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Not so much a play as 3 disconnected monologues about disappointment and loss.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting play told through 3 characters, the focus is on love lost, never pursued out of fear, and/or settled for. A picture of Dublin life with illuminating moments of tenderness, but never sentimental. Would like to read more of his work.
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Interesting to see three stories, happening seperately of each other but in the same town/vacinities, come together by the monologue of three seperate men.
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Conor McPherson is an Irish playwright and director.

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