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Closed April 1, 2007

The Broadway revival of Brian Friel's tender, sad and funny play is nothing short of glorious.

Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Why See Translations?

Brian Friel's masterwork explores the power of language to unite and divide people in a time of cultural imperialism.

In 19th century rural Ireland, a young British officer leads an expedition to survey the landscape and convert the Irish names of age-old landmarks to the King’s English. His struggle to communicate with the Gaelic-speaking villagers reveals a culture far richer, and a people far more dedicated to defending their identity, than he expected.

In 1981, MTC produced the American premiere of Brian Friel's masterpiece Translations. Twenty-five years later, the themes of this play are as timely as ever. Clashing cultures and tragedies of miscommunication unfold in Friel's invented Irish county of Ballybeg, a lace he has explored in his plays Dancing at Lughnasa, Aristocrats and Molly Sweeney.  Poignant and moving, Translations depicts the power of language to unite and divide people in a time of cultural imperialism. The co-production with McCarter Theatre Center (Jeff Woodward, Managing Director; Emily Mann, Artistic Director) will be directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane).

Previews from : 4th January 2007
Opened : 25th January 2007
Limited engagement until : 1st April 2007

Audience:  Translations may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under.  Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Biltmore Theater.

Run time:  TBA

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Matinee - - 2 pm - - 2 pm 2 pm
Evening - 8 pm 8 pm 8 pm 8 pm 8 pm -

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Opening night: 4 January 2007


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