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Shining City

Shining City

Conor McPherson,


Shining City has been an unqualified critical success and quite possibly Conor McPherson’s finest work. In Dublin, a man seeks help from a counsellor, claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. But what begins as just an unusual encounter becomes a struggle between the living and dead—a struggle which will shape and define both men for the rest of their lives.

“What the play is essentially exploring is guilt, the wreckage of the past and the possibility of making a fresh start in life...this is palpably a play by a writer in recovery from his own demons.”—The Daily Telegraph

“As in The Weir, McPherson brilliantly reconciles the mundane and the metaphysical. The play is anchored in the real world; yet beneath the everyday Dublin world of business meetings and fumbling adulteries lurks a powerful sense of loneliness; and McPherson implies the Irish obsession with the dead is just a religious hangover but a consequence of failure to achieve proper contact in life.” —Michael Billington, The Guardian

Also included here 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 lived him thirty years before.

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