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The Home Place (original 2005; edition 2006)
by Brian Friel
The Home Place by Brian Friel (2005)
Brian Friel's beautifully modulated new drama continues the historical probing that culminated in Translations (1980). In that masterpiece, the effects of a military operation to map the physical contours of the Irish landscape infuse the tragedy. In this, his latest play, a scientific exercise to measure the native physique with a view to determining the Irish character inflames an already volatile social moment. the Gores, father and son, are both in love with a local woman who has worked in the Lodge since she was fourteen. All three pursue a dream of freedom from their "history and heritage and the awful burden" of the big house.
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