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Critical Moments: Fintan O'Toole on Modern Irish Theatre [NOOK Book]


This new book on the work of Fintan O?Toole, the internationally acclaimed theatre critic and cultural commentator, offers percussive analyses and assessments of the major plays and playwrights in the canon of modern Irish theatre. Fearless and provocative in his judgments, O?Toole is essential reading for anyone interested in criticism or in the current state of Irish theatre.

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Critical Moments: Fintan O'Toole on Modern Irish Theatre

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This new book on the work of Fintan O’Toole, the internationally acclaimed theatre critic and cultural commentator, offers percussive analyses and assessments of the major plays and playwrights in the canon of modern Irish theatre. Fearless and provocative in his judgments, O’Toole is essential reading for anyone interested in criticism or in the current state of Irish theatre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909215153
  • Publisher: Carysfort Press Limited
  • Publication date: 8/24/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 652 KB

Table of Contents

Note on the text
Introduction 1
Island protected by a bridge of glass 7
Scenes from an album 8
The silver dollar boys 9
The fabulous journey of Mac Con Glin 10
The informer 11
The hidden curriculum 13
Here are ladies 14
The communication cord 15
The golden hair 18
Pledges and promises 18
The great hunger 20
The Gigli concert 21
Horseman pass by 23
Bust 25
The diamond body 26
The interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty 27
The riot act 29
Northern star 31
Observe the sons of Ulster marching towards the Somme 34
Baglady 36
Conversations on a homecoming 37
Rise up lovely Sweeney 39
I'll go on 42
Callers 43
Wasters 44
Bailegangaire 47
Double cross 50
Studs 53
Ourselves alone 55
Cromwell 56
Brownbread 58
Pentecost 60
Somewhere over the balcony 62
Exit entrance 63
Sea urchins 65
Boss Grady's boys 66
Carthaginians 67
Bat the father, rabbit the son 69
Departed 70
Torchlight and laser bemas 71
Home 72
Una Pooka 74
Wild Harvest 77
King of the castle 80
Blood guilty 83
The trial of Esther Waters 85
The lament for Arthur Cleary 86
La Corbiere 87
War 87
Blinded by the light 91
Dancing at Lughnasa 93
The siege of Derry Pageant 98
The sinking of the Titanic 101
Poor beast in the rain 101
The cure at Troy 102
The holy ground and in high Germany 106
Prayers of Sherkin 109
Wonderful Tennessee 112
Brothers of the brush 115
I know my own heart 118
At the black pig's dyke 121
The last Apache reunion 123
Asylum! asylum! 126
True lines 128
The Mai 128
Chamber music 131
Hidden charges 133
Danti-Dan 135
A little like paradise 137
Hard to believe 140
Red roses and petrol 142
Sick, dying, dead, buried, out 145
April bright 147
The steward of Christendom 150
The ginger ale boy 152
Monkey 155
A night in November 157
The beauty queen of Leenane 159
The gay detective 162
Portia Coughlan 164
True lines and double helix 167
Strawberries in December 169
In a little world of our own 172
Catalpa 174
Mrs Sweeney 176
The Leenane trilogy 179
The cripple of Inishmaan 183
The weir 184
Lovers at Versailles 186
Ariel 188
Famine 191
The sanctuary lamp 193
A whistle in the dark 196
Nightshade 197
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell 198
Hatchet 200
Summer 202
A crucial week in the life of a grocer's assistant 204
Talbot's box 206
Big Maggie 208
The gentle island 211
Waiting for Godot 213
The death and resurrection of Mr. Roche 216
Aristocrats 220
Faith healer 223
Sharon's grave 226
The field 229
The loves of Cass McGuire 231
Da 234
Sive 236
Frank pig says hello 238
Happy days 242
The hostage 246
Philadelphia, here I come! 252
Translations 259
The myth of our renaissance 267
Banking on miracles 270
Revivals touched by the mood of the eighties 274
Overturning a favourite theme 277
Into the 90s: setting the stage for an exciting, dizzying decade 280
Right and wrong roles for theatre design 283
What is really new about the new wave 285
Double worlds 288
The Field Day Anthology of Irish writing 292
I'm relieved I was wrong 294
Hugh Leonard 297
Tom Murphy 299
Brian Friel 302
Samuel Beckett 307
Thomas Kilroy 310
Sebastian Barry 313
Song of the white man's Burden 319
Too much too young 320
Return to the hill 322
The business of blood 323
from Lack of access to arts goes to the heart of poverty trap 325
A picture of paradise 325
He left quietly 328
Putting my prejudices on the table 331
from The golden rule is that there is no golden rule 333
from If this is criticism, I want my old job back 337
In conversation with Redmond O'Hanlon 341
Afterword 379
Index 385
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