In Hugh Leonard’s Love in the Title, a woman’s visit to the Irish countryside leads to a surreal meeting with her own mother as a thirty-year-old in 1964 and her grandmother as a twenty-year-old in 1932. The frank exchanges that mark this meeting allow the women to remain in and represent their times, yet still communicate with each other.
The next play, Frank McGuinness’s Dolly West’s Kitchen is set a small house in Donegal, 1944, a meeting place where two American GI’s, a British Army captain and the fiercely nationalistic West family share meals and talk of love, war and betrayal.
Finally, The Muesli Belt by Jimmie Murphy examines the ramifications of renewal and relocation in the urban centers of western Ireland, as a greedy property developer bent on buying up everything in sight to build high-rent flats and chic eateries throws locals into dispair.
Judy Friel was born in Derry in the north of lreland. She was the literary manager of Ireland's National Theatre.
Sanford Stemlicht teaches English at Syracuse University. He is the author of many books, including A Reader's Guide to Modern American Drama, also published by Syracuse University Press.
Series: Irish Studies
6 x 9, 208 pages, 3 black and white illustrations