The sound of one hand clapping. If you enjoy watching inarticulate characters smoke cigarettes and mumble, Stephens is for you.
September 6, 1926. Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
A lost gem. Harsh ending explains why it will never be done in Ireland.
Takes place over three days.
Sir Harcourt Courtly
Lady Gay Spanker
Cool (Sir Harcourt’s Valet)
Martin (Sir Harcourt’s Servant)
James (Harkaway’s servant)
Pert (Grace’s maid)
Written in mid 90’s. Set in 1993. Nine scenes. Eight characters.
First in cycle – set in 1904.
2 W, 5 M
There’s a lot of standing around, telling stories. But some strong images. Key plot points are hard to believe.
Long and slow. May be more effective on page than stage.
No shortage of melodrama. The constant VO narration tells more than shows. There are some interesting personal speeches. Plenty of fantasy “billionaires and castles” stuff.
Solid. Nice use of verse.
A little short.
Very funny stuff.