The Field by John B. Keane, Olympia Theatre

Lonergan, Patrick
Lonergan, Patrick (2011) The Field by John B. Keane, Olympia Theatre. Irish Theatre Magazine Online
Irish attitudes towards John B. Keane have changed a lot during the last ten years – due largely to Garry Hynes’ production of four of his plays during that period. Keane has always been popular, but he was also seen by many as populist: as someone who chose sentimentality over pathos, the grotesque over the tragic, and cheap laughs over careful characterisation. Hynes’ productions gave us a darker and more dignified Keane: his plays might be flawed, she showed – but they certainly shouldn’t be dismissed. Nine years after his death, Keane is still seen as a popular playwright – but he’s also regarded as someone who needs to be taken more seriously now.
Irish Theatre Magazine
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