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Juno and the Paycock: Reviews for the Irish Repertory Theater

Following on from the very positive reception for Shadow of a Gunman, the second production of the O’Casey season at the Irish Repertory Theater, Juno and the Paycock, has also received many glowing reviews. The production runs as part of the Irish Repertory Theater’s Sean O’Casey Season until 25th May. Click here for more information and to book tickets.

Newsweek

Juno is a masterpiece of 20th-century drama, and this production, with its great ensemble acting and expert direction, brings out its best qualities. Everything about Irish Rep’s O’Casey season has met its high expectations, and one can hardly wait for April 20, when The Plough and the Stars starts performances.

Time Out

Under the meticulously calibrated direction of Neil Pepe… this production is a gem of Irish realism, expertly transitioning from humorous banter to life-altering epiphanies.

New York Stage Review

… superb, searing revival.

The New Yorker

O’Casey presents a complex mixture of comedy, politics, song, and mourning, and the director, Neil Pepe, fashions it movingly.

Theatermania

Performed by a dynamic cast led by Ciarán O’Reilly and Maryann Plunkett, Pepe’s take feels fresh and relevant while remaining faithful to O’Casey’s nearly 100-year-old play.

Theater Time

[M]ay I direct your attention to a gem of a revival playing at the Irish Rep with some truly unforgettable performances. Sean O’ Casey’s “Juno and the Paycock” is one of the highlights of this current season.

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Irish Repertory Theatre: Sean O’Casey Season

The Irish Repertory Theatre, in New York, are marking their 30th anniversary by holding a Sean O’Casey Season from 30th of January until the 25th of May. There are several events that make up the festival with the centerpiece being stagings of all three of Sean’s Dublin Trilogy in repertory.

The very first play staged by the Irish Repertory Theatre was The Plough and the Stars, directed by Charlotte Moore and she is back to revisit the play as part of the festival. The festival will open with The Shadow of a Gunman, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly and also features Juno and the Paycock directed by Neil Pepe.

In addition to the repertory season they are putting on a series of readings of all Sean O’Casey’s plays. This is a great opportunity to hear some important works that are not often performed. The works presented are,

  • The Silver Tassie (1928)
  • Within the Gates (1934)
  • The Star Turns Red (1940)
  • Purple Dust (1940/1945)
  • Red Roses for Me (1942)
  • Oak Leaves and Lavender (1946)
  • Cock-a-Doodle Dandy (1949)
  • Three One Acts Part I: “Bedtime Story” (1951), “The End of the Beginning” (1937), and “A Pound on Demand” (1939)
  • Three One Acts Part II: “Behind the Green Curtains” (1961), “Figuro in the Night” (1961), and “The Moon Shines on Kylenamoe” (1961)
  • The Bishop’s Bonfire: A Sad Play within the Tune of a Polka (1955)
  • The Drums of Father Ned (1959)

The readings are free but spaces are limited. Apply to the Irish Repertory Theatre box office for invitations.

There is also an exhibition of materials including scripts, correspondence and photographs at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, running 28th January until 23rd March. Also there will be a screening of Joseph Hardy’s 1972 film of The Shadow of a Gunman, featuring Frank Converse, Richard Dreyfuss, Jack MacGowran, and Sandra Morgan, on 21st and 22nd of February.

For further information and to book tickets contact the Irish Repertory Theatre box office online or call 212-727-2737.

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Actor Doreen Keogh 1924 – 2017

We are very sad to note the death of Doreen Keogh on 31st December 2017.

Doreen Keogh 1924 - 2017
Doreen Keogh 1924 – 2017

She will probably be most widely remembered for her television roles which were many and varied including a notable stint as Coronation Street’s barmaid. She also appeared with distinction in Ballykissangel, The Royle Family and Father Ted.

She has a strong connection with the plays of Sean O’Casey too, appearing in Sam Wanamaker’s UK tour of Purple Dust, Juno and the Paycock at the Aldwych, Silver Tassie at the Almeida and Shivaun O’Casey’s production of The Shadow of a Gunman.

Doreen trained at the Abbey Theatre School before joining the company at The Gate Theatre and later moving to London sparking a long career in television and radio in addition to her stage work.

There are several lovely obituaries available in The GuardianThe Telegraph and The Irish Independent.