There are 6 critical essays on Dancing at Lughnasa.
Critical Essays on Dancing at Lughnasa
Critical Essay by Elmer Andrews
6,592 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following excerpt, Andrews analyzes the "central image" of dancing in Dancing at Lughnasa.
Critical Essay by David Krause
2,386 words, approx. 8 pages
In the excerpt below, Krause claims Dancing at Lughnasa "lacks the essential and fulsome poetry and rhythm of dramatic speech" and criticizes Friel for writing a play "that is more attractive to the eye than the ear."
Critical Review by Christopher Edwards
769 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of the London production of Dancing at Lughnasa at the Lyttelton Theatre, Edwards praises Friel's characterization of the five Mundy sisters.
Critical Review by William A. Henry III
616 words, approx. 2 pages
In the review below, Henry claims that Dancing at Lughnasa evokes great joy as well as sadness, and states that although Friel has been influenced by Chekhov, this work is one of "authentic originality. "
553 words, approx. 2 pages
In mid-April 1990, Dancing at Lughnasa premiered at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. In the review below, Armistead finds the play "[rich with atmosphere, redolent with an admittedly equivocal nostalgia … unfolding like a slow smooch to the music of time. "]
Critical Review by Jack Kroll
440 words, approx. 2 pages
In October 1991, the entire Abbey Theatre production arrived in New York from Dublin, and Dancing at Lughnasa opened on Broadway. In the following review of that staging. Kroll praises every aspect of the play, declaring it "as powerful and haunting as anything [Friel has ever written. "]
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