The Theater: Saints of the Word

In the theater, the luck of the English has been the Irish. From Sheridan and Farquhar through Synge, Shaw and O'Casey, Irish-born dramatists have adorned English speech with tears, wit and poetic music. All the great Irish writers possess the gift for lightening or deepening the color of language. They bring to it both a larky playfulness and a brooding melancholy. They are the unofficial patron saints of English, and it is these saints of the word whom the distinguished Irish actress Siobhan McKenna is honoring in a superior one-woman show called Here Are Ladies. Selections for the off-Broadway program are...

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