Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya work their small estate, living frugally and keeping their emotions tightly reined in when they are visited by a relative and his beautiful young wife and uncontrolled passions cause their regulated lives to implode. Brian Friel pens a stripped-down take on this 1899 classic by Anton Chekhov that tightens its diction in English and sharpens in confrontations.
An awful lot of Irish men would be well positioned to play those parts ... There is a thing within Irish families where the father finds it hard to connect emotionally. There’s a line in a Brian Friel play that goes something like, ‘We can’t ask each other how we are doing because we’re embarrassed of each other.’ A lot of men in Ireland could go into those plays already very well prepared.More quotes »
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Guthrie's 2013-14 Season to Include Tribes, My Fair Lady, Crimes of the Heart, The Mountaintop, Vanya and Sonia and More
are visited by a relative and his beautiful young wife and uncontrolled passions cause their regulated lives to implode. Brian Friel pens a stripped-down take on this 1899 classic by Anton Chekhov that tightens its diction in English and sharpens in confrontations." from Playbill Read more »
Billy Connolly joins the Gaiety's hands
delighted to receive this great honour from the Gaiety Theatre" Connolly joins the handprints of Ronnie Drew, Rupert Everett, Brian Friel, John B Keane, Edna O'Brien, Milo O'Shea, Luciano Pavarotti, Maureen Potter and Vanessa Redgrave on the plaza outside from RTE Interactive Read more »
Molly Sweeney, Print Room, London, review
a wonderful moment early on in Molly Sweeney, Brian Friel’s rarely-revived play of 1994, when our middle-aged Donegal heroine – almost completely blind since the age of 10 months – describes the joy of swimming. “I used to think that the other people in the from The Telegraph Read more »
Stage is set for Brian Friel's 'Molly Sweeney'
Theatre Group are proud to announce that their next production is Molly Sweeney by renowned Irish playwright, Brian Friel. The play will in the Little Theatre from April 10 to 20 from Wednesday to Saturday nights each week with all shows starting at 8p.m.The from Fingal Independent Read more »
The Blind/The Intruder – review
can measure how much times have changed by contrasting The Blind with Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney: to Maeterlinck, the sightless were symbolic victims living in unrelieved darkness, where Friel focuses on his heroine's rich interior life. But, if you strip from Guardian Unlimited Read more »