Theater: Goodbye to Ballybeg

Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel. All honor to Shakespeare, but parting is not sweet sorrow. When a man leaves home, love and country, he buries part of himself, and he is not likely to stand beside that grave dry-eyed. Philadelphia, Here I Come! is a young man's leave-taking crammed into one night, as Gareth O'Donnell says goodbye to the Irish village of Ballybeg and prepares to embark by jet for America, "a vast, restless place that doesn't give a curse about the past." The play is honest, lyrical, unaffected and affecting.


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