THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
by SEAN O'CASEY
Dust settles on most national treasures. Theaters that were vivid and inspiriting in their legendary youth subside into enervating routines in middle age. Perhaps the same show must not go on for too long.
That seems to be the case with Ireland's Abbey Theater, now returned to the U.S., at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, for the first time in 38 years and touring on to Boston and Philadelphia. The Plough and the Stars is O'Casey's second-best play; his ineffable masterwork is Juno and the Paycock. This...