Geoff Elliott, co-founder and co-artistic director of A Noise Within, directs the company’s final play of the season, John M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World. The once-controversial play sparked riots during and after its debut in Dublin in 1907, was booed in New York four years later, and resulted in the arrest of the Philadelphia cast on charges of staging an immoral performance – and has since been recognized as a masterpiece. Set in the remote bog country of County Mayo, Playboy’s poetic Irish wordplay tackles the same themes of love, survival and redemption as its companions in repertory, Awake and Sing! and A Comedy of Errors.
The Playboy of the Western World
Previews began April 10; runs April 17 – May 22
A Noise Within
234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Tickets $30 (previews); $40 and $44
818.240.0910, ext. 1, anoisewithin.org