Gener, Randy. "New York City: Synge Our Contemporary." American Theatre. 2006. HighBeam Research. (August 22, 2014). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-148289588.html
Gener, Randy. "New York City: Synge Our Contemporary." American Theatre. Theatre Communications Group. 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2014 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-148289588.html
Have you ever wondered why the Irish theatre is littered with dead babies? You know, those children who die offstage somewhere in a distant corner of Ireland--unbaptized infants who are never seen or heard, but who leave their poor mothers grieving for the rest of the play's duration? It may have been the Irish dramatist John Millington Synge (1871-1909) who first patented the infant-death theme--old Maurya, the mother in his one-act Riders to the Sea, has lost six of them. "That makes her a hard act to follow," notes the novelist Anne Enright in Synge: A Celebration. "I only mention this because offstage dead children make me cry."
In his short life, Synge left behind only a handful of plays--six, to be exact. …
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