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by Marina Carr

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"A remarkable collection of plays by the young Irish playwright, Marina Carr, this volume ranges from the experimental word-play of her early absurdist dramedy 'Low in the Dark' to the shattering, nearly Medea-like tragedy of 'By the Bog of Cats'. While all four of these plays are set in what is more or less contemporary Ireland, each has an archetypal quality, a poetic truth, that reaches far beyond the confines of a particular geography or culture. At the same time as her gift for symbolic imagery and keen psychological analysis propels the interest and stageworthiness of Carr's plays beyond the specifics of any one culture or area, she also possesses an amazing ear for language, for the music that lies in the speech of everyday people and the beauties of dialect. Her later plays especially use the accent and syntax of the Midlands to great effect, producing a poetry from the lives of farmers, tinkers and fisher-folk that few have had the wherewithal to hear. Fearless, poetic and thought-provoking, Marina Carr's plays merit reading and re-reading again and again. Highly recommended for any reader interested in beautiful language or effective theater. " ( )
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Marina Carr: Plays 1 introduces the work of a major new voice in playwrighting. Carr has been praised for the beauty and uniqueness of her language, was cited by The Independent as "a hugely valuable dramatic voice," and has even been compared to Eugene O'Neill. A prominent voice in British letters who has been building momentum in the United States for the past decade, Carr's four critically acclaimed works are gathered together here for the first time.

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