Entries from September 2017

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Playboy of the Western World

[Note: this was published at 12:54pm and completed at 1:18pm. I do not know why WordPress says it was published at 4:54pm and republished at 5:18pm.] I had quite a laugh in my reading of J.M. Synge’s Playboy Of The Western World, mainly when Shawn loses his coat from Father Michael’s grip. This is mainly due […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Humor in the Playboy of the Western World

I found the banter that ensues after Christy’s confession that he murdered his father in Act I to have the makings to be really comical. I would first focus on the pacing and timing of three men’s banter, and then focus on the disitinct reactions to this statement that each man had. Instead of being […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Performance, Act I, “The Playboy of the Western World”

In Act I of J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, I found the opening interaction between Pegeen and Shawn, particularly between lines 25-37, to be especially funny. In this scene, the focus is largely placed on subverting the stereotypical, societal gender role assigned to males. When Shawn is presented with the opportunity to […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Playboy of the Western World Post

One part of the first act of the play “The Playboy of the Western World” that I thought was quite funny was in the last scene of Act 1. In the last scene, Widow Quin and Pegeen start quarreling over Christy. Widow Quin leaves the room and Christy and Pegeen partake in flirtatious banter again. […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Christy’s “Manliness?” – On Staging Synge’s Humor

Playboy of the Western World is full of humorous moments, but what made me laugh most was when the Widow Quin first enters.  Christy is putting on a front of bravado for Pegeen, saying “I a seemly fellow with great strength in me and bravery of…” when he is interrupted by knocking and meekly clings […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

On Staging Synge’s Humor

The moment that made me laugh occurred when we see Michael and the other three men who are with him enter the first scene, where the group of men all say, “God bless you” (line 87). The following discussion between Pegeen, her father Michael, and his friend Jimmy seemed like realistic humor to me. I […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

On Staging Synge’s Humor

I found a lot of humor in the stage directions of the play. When I was reading this play I laughed aloud and showed them to my roommate. My favorite stage direction happens at line 45 when Shawn is “scandalized” by Pegeen. I find a sense of irony in these stage directions because it specifically […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Even Stevens Plays Christy- Graham Klimley

A moment in the play, “The playboy of the Western World” that was amusing but also left me a bit stupefied and nervous was the very last line in Act 1 when, touching the quilt before laying down to sleep, Christy says, “Well it’s a clean bed and soft with it, and it’s great luck […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Staging Power vs. Desperation

The scene I found funny was in Act II, beginning with Widow Quinn saying, “It’s true all girls are fond of courage and do hate the like of you,” to Shwan. He then responds desperately, almost pouting (as I envision it), admitting to his meekness and not being as courageous and daring as Christy. Shwan […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

playboy & humor

A scene I thought was very humorous was the questioning of Christy and why he was on the run from the law. The overwhelming acceptance of a potentially dangerous outlaw, going as far to suggest his patricide made him a protector of the house, etc. was unexpected funny. Ideally, I would cast a young Helena […]