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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: July 8, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

    The last days of The Last Days

    Fiona McCann

    The spangly new Abbey website has alerted me to the fact that I have only three days left to catch Tom Murphy’s The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant. Bearing in mind that I am attending a five and a half hour production of Heart of Darkness tomorrow evening at The Joinery, should I also give up the subsequent evening to the Abbey production, or is that just asking for trouble?  I wouldn’t want to be hearing all year about how I missed out (which is what happened with The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Bring it back, I say!). Well? Fintan says Yay, but isn’t that a sort of a Nay from Peter? Anyone else like to chip in?

    • Baron Von Trotta says:

      Oh, stay well clear of that dreck. It’s well produced, and well acted, but it’s also a sort of bad-student-of-Chekhov meets The Field, and it”‘s about 60 minutes too long! Fintan just likes it because he loves Tom Murphy, because Murphy’s work reflects his own 1970s concerns, you know, the Church, Fianna Fáil, the IRA, the GAA zzzzz zzzzz. Why don’t they write something about today?!

    • Little Red says:

      The critical mass is divided still. I’d say GO!!! Best thing I’ve seen in the Abbey in about 5 years. Also a big Murphy fan but one that wasn’t even born in the 70s, so I’ll have to dispute the baron on that one. It is VERY much about now, about the whole culture that produced now, and quite possibly our bleak future. PS: Saw Heart of Darkness a few years ago at the Dublin Fringe Festival – also a real treat.

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