The Irish Repertory Theatre is mounting all three of Sean O’Casey’s Dublin plays, The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), Juno and the Paycock (1924), and The Plough and the Stars (1926), throughout the spring, and, once all are opened, will run them in rep through May 25. Besides these main stage shows, there will be readings of all of his plays (free admission), symposiums, lectures, screenings and... Read more
Juno and the Paycock
Irish Repertory Theatre presents Juno and the Paycock, directed by Neil Pepe, as part of its 30th Anniversary Sean O'Casey Season.
Irish Rep's O’Casey Cycle consists of his three best-known works in repertory - The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, and The Plough and the Stars. Each play will be presented in an individual run in the order in which they were written, culminating in a month of all three works in repertory.
(Photos by Carol Rosegg)
Jack Boyle is out of work and determined to stay that way. He postures and drinks with his sidekick Joxer while his long-suffering wife Juno struggles to support their family and maintain their dilapidated tenement flat. Their son Johnny, crippled fighting in the revolution, cowers indoors to avoid the bitter new civil war, while his sister Mary considers her options for the future. When a handsome visitor arrives with news of an inheritance, the family begins to plan their new life, but their apparent salvation soon reveals itself to be the cause of their ruin. One of the great plays of the twentieth century, Juno and the Paycock offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War.