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Friel, Brian

Works: 173 works in 970 publications in 12 languages and 28,880 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History  Biography  Film adaptations  Diaries  Film and video adaptations  Audio adaptations 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Other, Creator
Classifications: PR6056.R5, 822.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Brian Friel
Philadelphia, here I come! by Brian Friel( Book )

56 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broadway hit about a young Irishman on the eve of his emigration to America
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel( Book )

38 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite their hardships, five sisters living in rural Ireland in 1936 are able to embrace life and all its complexities and dance with joy in their hearts
Lovers by Brian Friel( Book )

45 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This free-flowing cascade of dialogue, as beautiful and sparkling as the Ballymore Lake in bright sunlight, will scoop your audience up into the world of that most gifted playwright, Brian Friel. In Winners, two commentators are seated on either side of the stage with books. They speak without emotion about a 17-year-old girl and a boy half a year older who are on their way to meet upon a hilltop to study before examinations and perhaps talk about marriage. She is bubbling with life and is extreme in her enthusiasms. Whatever she likes, she loves; whatever she dislikes, she hates--momentarily. Joe, who follows, is earnest and has a total and touching belief in the value of education. While Joe tries to study, Mag talks, teases, sulks, gets angry and yet loving, too! Dispassionately, as the power and beauty of this love scene develop, the commentators tell us that the young lovers will soon be in a fatal accident. In the midst of enchantment, we discover the effects of this tragedy that will be. In the magic of this masterpiece, we see the lovers not only in this moment but in all time, and we share in their triumph, for despite the coming accident, they are, as the title suggests, winners. Losers is about older lovers, and a critic called it an "uproariously funny tragedy." This couple is trapped by an invalid mother who worships a nonexistent saint. Before this couple marries, the mother demands their immediate presence any time the couple stops talking in the parlor--and so the man tries to recite the only poem he knows while courting. The mother insists they come to see her when they start talking after marriage. Walter Kerr summed it up: "Its outrageousness comes from real observation, its satire from sympathy, its woebegone thunders from wit." Bare stage w/platform." -- Publisher's description
Dancing at Lughnasa by Pat O'Connor( Visual )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and Turkish and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the summer of 1936, as Europe drifts into war and Ireland slips into the 20th century, this is a story about five unmarried sisters, a brother and Michael, the love child of one of the younger sisters. The story is told through Michael's eyes. He feels the joy and security of his close-knit clan, but its secrets and sorrows begin to break through which tears his world apart
Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel( Book )

50 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a remote Irish village, Molly Sweeney is the compelling story of a woman's journey from blindness to vision. Both Molly's husband and her surgeon harbor expectations of a sighted world for Molly. The future they envision is very different from the one Molly hopes to see. The insights and inner lives of the three charecters eloquently unfold in a series of interlocking monologues, poroducing a stunning exploration of triumph and loss
Translations by Brian Friel( Book )

56 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal, August 1833. In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English. In examining the effects of this operation on the lives of a small group, Brian Friel skilfully reveals the far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative. 'Translations' was first presented by Field Day Theatre Company in the Guildhall, Derry, in September 1980
Selected plays by Brian Friel( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philadelphia, here I come! - The freedom of the city - Living quarters - Aristocrats - Faith healer - Translations
The loves of Cass McGuire : a play by Brian Friel( Book )

31 editions published between 1966 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three-act play concerning a woman of seventy, with a disreputable career behind her, who returns to Ireland
Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three married couples wait for a boatman to arrive to ferry them to Oilean Draiochta, Island of Otherness or Mystery. In the course of a night they talk, sing, and tell stories. What started as an escapade assumes the semblance of a pilgrimage. Gradually their true relationships and frailties are revealed in a play full of atmosphere and moods. 'Wonderful Tennessee' was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in June 1993
Philadelphia, here I come by Brian Friel( Visual )

12 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concerns the emotional struggle of a young Irishman preparing to emigrate to America, with one actor portraying his public self and another his private thoughts
Plays two by Brian Friel( Book )

9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of five plays by Brian Friel
Living quarters by Brian Friel( Book )

20 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on the Greek myth of Hippolytus, 'Living Quarters' concerns an Irish army officer who becomes a national hero, and explores the effects this has on his relationship with his family. 'Living Quarters' premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March 1977
Faith healer by Brian Friel( Book )

32 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Faith Healer' weaves together the stories of a travelling healer, his wife and his manager. From their different versions of the healer's performances and a terrible event at the centre of the drama, Friel creates a powerful and haunting work of art. 'Faith Healer' was first produced at the Longacre Theatre, New York, in April 1979
The communication cord by Brian Friel( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Give me your answer, do! by Brian Friel( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As these wounded souls engage in their self-mocking, acerbic verbal duels, layers of defensive posturing are slowly stripped away, exposing each character's hopes, fears, and fragility, and the uncertainty and self-doubt at the heart of the very human quest for recognition."--Jacket
The gold in the sea by Brian Friel( Book )

9 editions published between 1962 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of the name by Charles McGlinchey( Book )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and French and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making history by Brian Friel( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The central character of this play is Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, who led an Irish and Spanish alliance against the armies of Elizabeth I in an attempt to drive the English out of Ireland. The action takes place before and after the Battle of Kinsale, at which the alliance was defeated: with O'Neill at home in Dungannon, as a fugitive in the mountains, and finally exiled in Rome. 'Making History' was premiered at the Guidhall, Derry, in 1988
Fathers and sons : after the novel by Ivan Turgenev by Brian Friel( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Fathers and Sons' is set in rural Russia of the mid-nineteenth century. A brilliant, anarchic young medical student, Bazarov, arrives at the provincial family villa of his best friend, Arkady, for the summer vacation. He wants to despise the family for their imperturbable complacency, and bourgeois effeteness. But he is tormented by conflicting emotions, and takes desperate action, with tragic consequences. 'Fathers and Sons' opened at the Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, in July 1987
Three plays after by Brian Friel( Book )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three plays based on works by Chekhov
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Dancing at Lughnasa
Alternative Names
Brian Friel dramaturge, auteur et metteur en scne irlandais

Brian Friel dramaturgo irlands

Brian Friel drammaturgo e scrittore irlandese

Brian Friel irischer Dramatiker

Brian Friel irlndsk dramatiker, frfattare och teaterregissr

Friel, Brian

Frīls, Braiens 1929-

Браян Фрыл

Фрил, Брайен

בריאן פריל

פרייל, ברין

פריל, בריאן 1929-

פריל, ברין

פריל, ברײן

براين فرايل، 1929 م-

فرييل، برايان، 1929 م-

브라이언 프리엘

フリール, ブライアン

English (494)

German (30)

French (30)

Danish (4)

Czech (4)

Welsh (3)

Slovenian (2)

Catalan (1)

Hebrew (1)

Italian (1)

Dutch (1)

Turkish (1)

Dancing at LughnasaLoversMolly SweeneyTranslationsSelected playsThe loves of Cass McGuire : a playWonderful TennesseePlays two