At the hands of the Irish Players, the second O’Casey play, Juno and the Paycock, put on with gusto at the Gallo Theatre last evening,1 is rich in comedy, bitter in tragedy, poetic in dialogue, pure gold in characters. Two years ago this first of the notable O’Casey plays was mounted here by a ragbag troupe of actors who tore it to tattered shreds.2 Even now it is none too felicitous in its sprawling appearance on a hugely cavernous stage and in a theatre where the rumbling of the passing elevated trains from time to time breaks the spell and drowns the cadenced music from the stage.
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