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"'His sentences are better, his sentiments more developed than many Booker Prizewinners. He is terrific' Observer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Conor McPherson was born in Dublin, where he still lives. His plays include This Lime Tree Bower, St. Nicholas, The Weir, Port Authority and Dublin Carol. He has written three films, I Went Down, Saltwater and The Actors, and directed the last two.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559363126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559363129
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Conor McPherson is an award-winning Irish playwright educated at University College Dublin. His best-known works include The Weir (1999 Olivier Award for Best New Play), Dublin Carol, The Seafarer (Tony nomination for Best Play), Shining City (Tony nomination for Best Play), and Port Authority.

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I saw this play last night at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and it was excellent. It mixes "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" in a tale of family, friends, regrets, and the big guy above. There's a good balance of humor and deep emotion, with an unexpected hook that in another playwrite's hands would be laughable but here seems perfectly natural. The characters are individuals with their own problems and needs, even the evil ones. I recommend reading it around christmas time, when we all need a little boost. And if you can see it done live the experience will stay with you for a long time.
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The living rooms in "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" by Martin McDonagh, and in this play, "The Seafarer" by Conor McPherson are as scroungy, grotty, and disreputable as the males who inhabit these dumpy premises. The house is north of Dublin. Some plays can be read and enjoyed as a partial substitute for seeing a live performance, but after reading this one, I realize it is essential to see a live presentation to get the full import of this play. It is an actor's dream for the current five man ensemble on Broadway because the stage business is as powerful as the lines.
There is a Faustian pact element to the story. The central focus is on Sharky, a loser, who lives with his blind brother. Two visitors and a mysterious fifth man, Mr. Lockhart, gather together Christmas Eve day and night and get extremely drunk. They play cards, money is lost, and the story opens up to the audience. Some of this is familiar territory, and the plot is not too complicated. Lockhart probably has the best lines, but the other characters would be a joy to watch. There is great comedy here along with the more serious stuff. The characters are beautifully crafted, and they are a decidedly odd bunch. Each one a piece of work in his own peculiar way.
As in most plays, secrets from the past are unearthed and become grist for the dramatist's mill. When Lockhart and Sharky are alone, Lockhart reminds him of a card game they had in the past. For these two and the audience the game of cards becomes a transforming experience. The play is well worth a read but try to see it on stage if at all possible. It would make a great movie or television play, but, I think, the audience would be limited.
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A dark, well-constructed play. High appeal for actors and true theater aficionados. Rapid-fire, interspersing dialogue: a challenge to actors. Definitely not a play for the average theater goer who is seeking to be entertained.
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When I saw the show on Broadway, I thought it took a while to get going, but it was worth it in the end. There's a nice rhythm and mood to the piece.
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The play is great, but it took so long for it to get to me, I had to buy it from someone else who got it to me in two days, 3 weeks sooner then Amazon got it to me. So I will never buy from Amazon when I need something in a reasonable time frame.
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