Tom Murphy Triple Bill Shares Common Themes

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Irish playwright Tom Murphy is not the best known Irish playwright in America. Even authors whose work shows specific influence from Murphy, such as Conor McPherson and Martin McDonagh, have higher profiles.

But the Lincoln Center Festival believes he deserves more attention. It's showcasing three Murphy plays in productions by the Druid Theatre Company of Galway, Ireland. Under the title DruidMurphy, the plays -- Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine -- offer a chance to get better-acquainted with Murphy's works.

The three plays, which continue only through July 15 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, have been available to attend individually or in a single-day marathon. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood took the marathon route, and shares his observations on the plays, the performances and what he got from the all-day Murphy immersion experience.