“The Playboy of the Western World” at Circle Players

“The Playboy of the Western World”
by J.M. Synge

The Playboy of the Western World is Synge's finest play. It is based on a story he heard in 1898 of a man named Lynchenaun, "who killed his father with the blow of a spade when he was in a passion" and eluded the police and escaped to America. In Synge's comedy/tragedy, Lynchenaun becomes Christy Mahon, a timid boy who, through each farfetched retelling of the murder of his father, becomes a hero to the town where he has taken refuge‑that is, until the "dead" father reappears. "Playboy" is a wry comedy of Irish peasant life filled with absurd situations and rich with Celtic imagery.

Performed by Circle Players
At Circle Playhouse.
Performances ran
Friday, March 7, 2008 thru Saturday, March 22, 2008
Directed by Jon Heron Has Bio