Show Business: Synge Sings

The latest and most engaging off-Broadway musical—3.000 miles off Broadway—is an adaptation of John Millington Synge's lilting Irish classic, The Playboy of the Western World, which opened last week at London's Westminster Theater. The adapters: two music students, Nuala O'Farrell, 26, and her sister Mairin, 27, who started the show as a workshop project for Dublin's University College. They succeeded so well that the play was staged last month at Dublin's Gaiety Theater and won rave notices.

The musical Playboy, retitled The Heart's a Wonder, is pure Synge: the rollicking story of Christy Mahon, the peasant boy who became a hero...

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