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McPherson Plays:Two (The Weir, Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Come On Over) [Paperback]

Conor McPherson

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10 Jun 2004
Conor McPherson is one of the most lauded playwrights of his generation. This second volume of his plays includes the hugely acclaimed ghost story, The Weir. One of the most successful plays of recent years, it ran for two years in the West End and transferred to Broadway and toured the UK: In a bar in a remote part of Ireland, the local lads are swapping spooky stories to impress a young woman from Dublin newly moved into the area but she has a story of her own...'A spellbinder that transfixes you...No praise in fact is too high' Guardian.

Dublin Carol is McPherson's subtle and haunting reworking of the Dickens' classic. On Christmas Eve, an undertaker is visited by his estranged daughter who wants him to face up to the past. 'McPherson writes like a dream...The play works an ingenious spell' Daily Mail.

Port Authority tells the story of three interwoven lives and brilliantly showcases McPherson's talent for dramatic monologue. A boy leaves home for the first time; a man starts a job for which he is unqualified; a pensioner is sent a mysterious package. The result is 'overwhelmingly poignant...desolate, searing and eloquent' Evening Standard.

Finally, in Come On Over, a Jesuit priest, sent to investigate a 'miracle' in his home town, re-encounters the woman who loved him thirty years before. This short piece showcases all the trademark skill - rich, vivid writing, deeply felt humour and emotion and a haunting sense of the past - that defines 'the finest playwright of his generation.' Daily Telegraph.

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The finest dramatist of his generation....The Weir is a modern masterpiece. --Telegraph

Golden comic moments, flashes of poetry...delicate and haunting. --Evening Standard on the 2013 Donmar revival of The Weir

Conor McPherson is both a born yarnspinner and an acute analyst of melancholy Irish manhood. --Guardian

The heir to the great Irish tradition of absorbing tale-telling. --Observer

About the Author

Conor McPherson was born in 1971 in Dublin, where he still lives. He started writing and directing plays at university. An earlier collection, McPherson: Plays One, features all his work up to The Weir. McPherson Plays: Three, which includes his adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier's classic tale of terror, The Birds, is published by Nick Hern Books in 2012.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant theatre! 31 Aug 2013
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Conor McPherson is without a doubt the finest playwright in the English language now, with his fellow Irishman Martin McDonough. McPherson's work is always mesmerizing, and incorporates very real people into the supernatural world that occasionally intrudes into our everyday lives. If you don't have both this and Vol. 1, you need to get them!
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