Set in the grim slums of Dublin during the Irish civil war, a play that chronicles the fortunes of the impoverished Boyle family when news of an inheritance soon reveals itself to be the cause of their ruin.
From the producers: Jack Boyle is out of work and determined to stay that way. He postures and drinks with his sidekick Joxer while his long-suffering wife Juno struggles to support their family and maintain their dilapidated tenement flat. Their son Johnny, crippled fighting in the revolution, cowers indoors to avoid the bitter new civil war, while his sister Mary considers her options for the future. When a handsome visitor arrives with news of an inheritance, the family begins to plan their new life, but their apparent salvation soon reveals itself to be the cause of their ruin. One of the great plays of the twentieth century, "Juno and the Paycock" is a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War.
"Juno and the Paycock" is the second in Sean O'Casey's "Dublin Trilogy" - the other two being "The Shadow of a Gunman" and "The Plough and the Stars." Premiering in 1924, just one year after Sean O’Casey’s professional debut, "Juno and the Paycock" became the first play at The Abbey Theatre to run for more than one week. It has since become one of his most frequently performed plays and has been adapted several times, including into a 1930 film by Alfred Hitchcock and a 1959 Broadway musical entitled "Juno." Irish Rep has presented "Juno and the Paycock" twice previously in 1995 and 2014.
The Irish Rep revival is joined by repertory productions of "The Shadow of a Gunman" and "The Plough and the Stars." The cast features Una Clancy, Terry Donnelly, Rory Duffy, Meg Hennessy, John Keating, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Ed Malone, Michael Mellamphy, Ciarán O’Reilly, Maryann Plunkett, James Russell, Harry Smith, and Sarah Street. Neil Pepe directs.
What's Irish Rep? Occasionally, a group of artists finds a large room somewhere in the city, and settles down there for a decade or so to stage the plays that they like, in the manner that they enjoy making them. That's the case here. Though it's one of the smaller shops among the long-running Off-Broadway companies, these folks have been staging Irish drama in these rooms for quite awhile, and the enjoyment can be infectious. More here.