Critics' Voices: Oct. 15, 1990

THEATER

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. How near in time, and how far in world view, is the village life portrayed in J.M. Synge's masterpiece about ignorant peasants and their perverse notions of heroism, all of it a sly satire on the yearning of oppressed colonies to break free. The finest Irish drama of the 20th century, it is discerningly performed by the Abbey Theater of Dublin, at Washington's Kennedy Center through Oct. 21, then in St. Louis, Tucson and Ann Arbor, Mich.

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