A fas­ci­nat­ing Fool

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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.

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