On the eve of his departure for Philadelphia, Gar, an Irishman, with his private thoughts in the form of a humorous doppelganger onstage, observes the life ahead and the provincial existence he is leaving behind. As the housekeeper putters about, his curmudgeonly father again engages in a daring game of checkers and the neighborhood the lads toddle in to have a word of farewell. While he argues with the "public" self, "private" Gar reveals his true fears and aspirations to the audience at-large.
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