TITLE: PLAYBOY OF THE WEST INDIES
AUTHOR: MUSTAPHA MATURA
WHERE: LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK CITY
THE BOTTOM LINE: A classic of rural Irish life proves equally entertaining, if sunnier, transported to the Caribbean.
The great irony of colonialism is that occupied lands often tell their woeful stories to the world in the language of alien rulers. This is nowhere more true than in the realms of the former British empire. Artists know that ancestral tongues or patois, even when they survive, could not reach a wide audience, while English puts them on a world stage. When John Millington Synge wanted to...