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Shining City

Shining City
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Conor McPherson
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 90
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1559362553
ISBN-13: 9781559362559
Cast Size: 1 woman, 3 men

About the Play:

Shining City is a full-length drama by Conor McPherson. A recent widower who believes he sees his late wife wafting about their home consults a Dublin therapist who has his own set of delusions. A brilliant, haunting play from the multi-award winning author of The Weir.

Shining City has been an unqualified critical success and quite possibly Conor McPherson's finest work. In Dublin, Ian has left the priesthood to become a therapist. John is one of his first clients. John's wife has been killed in a car accident, and he keeps receiving visits from her ghost. John, with Ian's help, starts to recover. But what begins as an unusual encounter becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead – a struggle which will shape and define both of them for the rest of their lives.

Shining City was first staged in 2004 at the Royal Court Theatre in London. It opened on Broadway in 2006 at Biltmore Theatre and was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

Also included is the one-act, Come on Over, about a Jesuit priest sent to investigate a "miracle" in his hometown, where he re-encounters the woman who loved him 30 years before. (First performed in 2001 at The Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland; Cast: 1 woman, 1 man)

What people say:

"His sentences are better, his sentiments more developed than many Booker Prize-winners. He is terrific." — Observer

"The finest dramatist of his generation… Conor McPherson is back in business, writing magnificently." — Daily Telegraph

"…quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious… Shining City is as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets." — New York Times

"…moving, compassionate, ingenious and absolutely gripping … scenes that provoke great, generous gales of laughter, others that send a shiver of fear down the spine … riveting." — Telegraph

"…compulsively gripping… Conor McPherson brilliantly reconciles the mundane and the metaphysical." — Guardian

"Conor McPherson at his best, laying bare the soul in all its pathetic, flawed ordinariness." — London Evening Standard

"Writing at its most riveting." — The Times

"At his best Conor McPherson is a writer who combines great character comedy with a real sense of pathos. And Shining City is Conor McPherson at his very best… Guilt, sex and therapy with a script from acting heaven." — Daily Mail

About the Playwright:

Conor McPherson is an Irish playwright and co-founder of the Fly by Night Theatre Company. He has won numerous awards, including a Laurence Olivier Award for The Weir and Tony Award nominations for Shining City and The Seafarer.

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