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Translations

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Translations

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
01/25/07
performer:
Susan Lynch, Chandler Williams
director:
Garry Hynes
author:
Brian Friel

We gave it an A-

EW PICK

Brian Friel has said Translations ”has to do with language and only language.” He’s selling himself — and his superb 19th-century-set drama — short. The story centers on semantics (cartographers anglicizing the names of rural Irish towns), but it comprises so much more: community, culture, identity, love. Director Garry Hynes and an exceptional cast ably plumb the emotional depths of the dense dialogue: You won’t stay dry-eyed when Chandler Williams’ British soldier and Susan Lynch’s Irish milkmaid — he speaks no Gaelic, she no English — come together under a star-flecked sky.

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