Shadow of a Gunman and To Kill a Mockingbird
Posted by: stan 09:39 am EST 02/08/19

Wed-Thursday this week. Wow. TKM was stirring. Another Sher extravaganza. Interesting and very good. I grew up in the South and my wife reminded me how uncomfortable I was when we hit North Carolina on a drive from NYC to Florida 40 years ago. As a child and teenager I was constantly bullied and terrorized by Christian boys. What freedom I felt when I chose NYU for graduate school.
Shadow of a Gunman was magnificent. What a great play and a marvelous production. The director/producer Ciaran O'Reilly once again has revitalized a classic. Terrific acting. Every young and old playwright (and producer and actor) should see how O'Casey builds a story. Simple, unforgettable characters who are swept up and cut down by the fears and prejudices of political/religious/financial interests. These victims of the depression and the rebellion, the Brits, the IRA, the Catholic Church are made so real. In TKM the climax was moving. In Shadow I was heart broken.

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