By John O'Riordan
An intensive consultant and research of playwright Sean O'Casey's works - performs and Playlets- via John O'Riordan. Touches on 23 of his O'Casey's works.
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The fury of Republicans at once erupted on those fellow-compatriots and softliners who were satisfied with compromise and appeared to have sold out to the British. In Robert Kee's exacting words: This was the beginning of a savage Irish Civil War in which the Free State gradually gained the upper hand. The anti-Treaty forces who used the same sort of guerrilla tactics as they had used against the British, but with much less support from the Irish people, became known with some reason as "Irregulars".
J. McCormick played Miceawl, with Maureen Delany as his wife, Eileen Crowe as Kathleen and Barry Fitzgerald as Thornton, in a glittering cast. Critics, as well as audiences, were nonplussed at first by the fantasy surrounding the satire. According to one critical source, 'it was a play to slightly puzzle a first-night audience', but, later, conceded: 'The play is hilarious throughout in the manner intended, marvellously acute in its irony'. To judge from O'Casey's own bitter comments afterwards, the play was certainly greeted with a mixed response, particularly on the first night, which the playwright himself attended; and at the end of the performance, he avowed in Inislifallen, Fare Thee Well: The audience received the little play in dead silence, in a silence that seemed to have a point of shock in its centre.
ADOLPHUS: I'll talk about them, now; do you think I'm afraid of them? Dolph us Grigson's afraid av nothin', creepin' or walkin',- if there's any one in the house thinks he's fit to take a fall out av Adolphus Grigson, he's here - a man; they'll find that Grigson's no soft thing. DAVOREN: Ah me, alas! pain, pain ever, for ever. MRS GRIGSON: Dolphie, dear, poor Mr Davoren wants to go to bed. DAVOREN: Oh, she's terribly anxious about poor Mr Davoren, all of a sudden. ADOLPHUS (stumbling towards DAVOREN, and holding out his hand): Davoren!
A Guide to O’Casey’s Plays: From the Plough to the Stars by John O'Riordan