Figuro in the Night (1961): a Farfetched Fantasy
This bravura piece, in two short scenes, is a comedietta, in gay satirical mood; as outrageous in style as its exuberant forerunner, Cock-a-Doodle Dandy. This prefigurative romancelet is the second play included in the author’s final collection of plays, published under the general title of Behind the Green Curtains. The theme is the extended theme of the title-play: namely, the awakening of the soul. Like Shaw, in his prefacing comments to his own short Fanny’s First Play, O’Casey endorses the Shavian philosophy that ‘the young had better have their souls awakened by disgrace … than drift along from their cradles to their graves doing what other people do for no other reason than that other people do it’.
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