Molly Sweeney

Molly Sweeney

by Brian Friel
     
 

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Three points of view about a poignant drama are related by three characters addressing the audience directly. First there is Molly, blind since early infancy, who describes her world before and after an operation to restore some of her sight. Her husband, Frank, who pushed Molly into this operation, relates his view of his wife's journey into sightedness and his…  See more details below

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Three points of view about a poignant drama are related by three characters addressing the audience directly. First there is Molly, blind since early infancy, who describes her world before and after an operation to restore some of her sight. Her husband, Frank, who pushed Molly into this operation, relates his view of his wife's journey into sightedness and his dealings with her doctor. Molly's once-famous eye surgeon, Mr. Rice, watches both Molly and Frank and reveals his opinion of them along with his own fears in handling the operation. Through it all we see each character's painful and happy histories, their memories and the events that led them to meet. Their stories interweave on stage, threading in and around each other's lives, until the unexpected and touching conclusion to this striking tale.

Editorial Reviews

NY Times
Brian Friel has been recognized as Ireland's greatest living playwright...his latest work, MOLLY SWEENEY...confirms that Mr. Friel still writes like a dream.
NY Post
Brian Friel's beautiful and dazzling MOLLY SWEENEY...is one of those marvelous onion plays...As you peel away each plump and juicy layer, another layer emerges underneath, and yet another...What a marvelous play this is! See it�wander in it and wonder at it.
London Sunday Times
Dispassionate eloquence and psychological honesty...Brian Friel's writing has such vitality and warmth, such kindly accuracy of observation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452275089
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.29(d)

Meet the Author

One of Ireland's foremost playwrights, Brian Friel has written more than twenty plays since his debut in 1965, most notably the Tony Award-winning Dancing at Lughnasa and Molly Sweeney (available in a Plume edition). Friel has been a member of the Irish Academy of Letters since 1983 and has received awards from the National University of Ireland and Queen's University in Belfast. He lives in Donegal with his wife and five children.

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