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March 8, 2020

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#ReadIreland 2020 Tom Murphy

by N@ncy

Quickscan:

  1. The Wake is set in the 1990s.
  2. Vera is a lonely, exiled prostitute
  3. returning from New York to her native
  4. …town to mourn her grandmother.
  5. But she has also inherited a family hotel
  6. …which her siblings covet.
  7. When Vera learns the true
  8. …circumstances of grandmother’s death.
  9. she decides on an unusual course of action.

Conclusion:

  1. Now, after reading this introduction I wanted to
  2. find out what did Vera really do with her hotel?
  3. That was my only smart move.
  4. The play was a slapdash of arguments,
  5. singing, swearing and a grande mélange à trois
  6. …to shock her family and the reader.
  7. The play was a mess on paper.
  8. I can’t imagine having to sit it out in a theatre.
  9. At least I could  read it with a toothless comb.
  10. No, Tom Murphy can do better.
  11. Here are two of his plays worth reading!
  12. Alice Trilogy and Famine.

Last thoughts:

  1. The kindest thing I can say about this play is
  2. enjoy the journey, but realize
  3. you’re going to roll your eyes
  4. in disbelief a lot on the way.
  5. #WasteOfTime
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  1. Mar 8 2020

    I don’t think this is one of his best!

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    • Mar 8 2020

      Performed at the Abbey in the 1990s….then many years later
      2016 at the Abbey with Vera Aisling.
      I’d prefer to see a Brian Friel play…with a lilt of Irish
      laughter….but also an underlying, subtle message. « Philadelphia, Here I Come »

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