The O'Donnell family, once the aristocracy of their Irish village, are in reduced circumstances. They have gathered at the crumbling family manse for a wedding. As the patriarch lies dying in his upstairs bedroom, the grown up children sort out the truth about the family's past, present and future and the reality that the O'Donnell clan of Ballybeg has come to the end of its line.
"A lovely play, funny and harrowing. Mr. Friel makes the Irish condition synonymous with the human one." - The New York Times
"Poignant, moving." - New York Daily News
"Gently provocative and vastly entertaining." - The New York Post
"Somber and elegiac but shrewd; touchingly funny and full of a brooding but hard edged melancholy." - London Times