A fascinating Fool
FOOL FOR LOVE Peacock Theatre, Dublin Ends Mar 15 8.15pm & Sats 2.45pm 114-122 01-8787222
The Abbey Theatre has, in the last year or so, elevated the work and profile of the acclaimed American playwright Sam Shepard to a position of prominence here. It produced the world premiere of Kicking a Dead Horse, a solo play with Stephen Rea, last March, and the production will be opening in New York’s Public Theater next summer – probably a first for the National Theatre. Meantime, his classic from 1983, Fool for Love, is revived in an excellent production, directed by Annie Ryan.
Shepard wrote it at a time when his marriage had just broken up, and he described the work as the outcome of the tumultuous feeling he had been going through, in some ways embarrassing for him to witness, but necessary. His personal catharsis gave the theatre probably the most creative star-crossed lovers since Romeo and Juliet, now on the Abbey stage. It is a fascinating confluence.