The Theater: New Play in Dublin, Mar. 14, 1955

Dublin expected trouble. A new Sean O'Casey play, The Bishop's Bonfire, was coming to town—and Dublin remembered 1926. That year the Abbey Theater produced O'Casey's since famed The Plough and the Stars, an irreverent treatment of the 1916 Irish revolution. It roused Irish fury to such patriotic heights that shrieking, whistling men and women stampeded for the stage to drag the actors off. Actor Barry Fitzgerald met the first charging patriot with an uppercut that sent him flying back into the stalls. One actress threw her shoe at the attackers. It was caught...

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