Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - A remote pier in north-west Donegal.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
This haunting play by one of the foremost modern writers finds three couples on a deserted pier in Ballybeg, Ireland. There to celebrate Terry's birthday, they are waiting for a boat that will take them to a mystical island, rumored to be the site of sacrificial rituals, which he claims to have bought. The boat fails to arrive and drunken hilarity gives way to reflection as the couples play games, tell stories and sing songs to pass the time.
"This mythic journey into a world of ambiguous ritual, classical references and commonplace miseries has something of the magical, yes, almost wordless resonance of a Yeats poem." - The New York Post
"Friel's plays overflow with emotion...What separates Wonderful Tennessee...is Friel's attention to the unexpected, hidden corners of ... relationships...Poetry rises from his words like fog from the set." - The Los Angeles Times
"Wonderful Tennessee arrives where...Lughnasa was only headed. Tennessee is a richer, deeper, more textured work....And the whole, a deft amalgam of moods from sunny revelry to pre dawn cross examinations of the soul, is splendid." - San Diego Reader
"Beautifully written." - Variety
Wonderful Tennessee was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, on June 30, 1993 and was directed by Patrick Mason.