Behind the Green Curtains (1961): a Tragi-Comedietta

  • John O’Riordan
Part of the Macmillan Studies in Anglo-Irish Literature book series (MSAIL)


O’Casey’s final collection of three characteristic short plays — interweaving outrageous satire and farce with melodramatic sym¬bolism and a thread of tragedy, laced with song and dance — includes a biting satire on what the elderly dramatist sees as a debased modern Ireland. In the first play, Behind the Green Curtains, the irony is Swiftian, though its craftsmanship is unmistakably O’Casey’s own. The published collection appeared a year after O’Casey had celebrated his eightieth birthday in 1960.


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© John O’Riordan 1984

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