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Entire reviews appear only when permission to reproduce them here has been obtained.
Otherwise, this index serves as a bibliographical reference with a brief mention of how
favorable or unfavorable the review may have been. Several newer Penguin editions of
Donleavy fiction mention on the from end paper a (presumed unproduced) sixth play
by Donleavy titled The Venereal in the Vernacular. If more information on this play
is discovered, the related pages will be updated. For more on Donleavy's plays visit the
J.P. Donleavy - Playwright page. Reviews of plays are proving difficult to track down.
So far, I've found little, but the digging continues. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Key for reviews is as follows: (+) = favorable review; (-) = unfavorable;
(~) = so-so or mixed; (*) = unread or reference ambiguous or too incomplete to
draw conclusion

The Ginger Man
Fairy Tales of New York
A Singular Man
The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B
 

REVIEWS OF THE GINGER MAN

Fortune Theatre performance, London, September  1959

*Research seems to
indicate this was an
unauthorized production.
Details to follow.

Special thanks to Ken
Knabb for forwarding
this review from his
excellent
Rexroth Archives
page and for obtaining
permission from the
Rexroth Trust to post it here.

London Daily Express (+)
The Sunday Times
- Harold Hobson (+)
Guardian (+)
 

Gaiety Theatre performance, Dublin - October  1959

The Irish Times - M.K., (~)
The Irish Press
- M.M., (~)
The Irish Independent - D.R., (-)
The Evening Herald - J.J.F. (-)
The Dublin Evening Mail - R.M.F. (-)
 

Encore Theater Performance, San Francisco, March, 1964*

The San Francisco Examiner - Kenneth Rexroth  March 8, 1964 (+)

New Theatre, Dublin / Dublin Theatre Company Performance, July 1999

Paper? - Jocelyn Clarke (-)

Irish Arts Center, New York / Dublin Theatre Company Performance,
May-June, 2000

Curtain Up - Les Gutman, from a performance May 23, 2000 (+)
Show Business - Paul Grant (+)
New York Times - Wilborn Hampton, June 1, 2000 (-)
Backstage (Show Guide) - No byline given (-)
The Village Voice - Russo, June 13, 2000 (~)
The New York Theatre Experience - No byline - May 21, 2000 (~)
Aisle Say New York - David Spencer (still online as of 10/00) (-)

REVIEWS OF FAIRY TALES OF NEW YORK

(Performance?) - Kenneth Tynan (+)
(Performance?) - The Spectator - Alan Brien (+)
(Performance?) - The New Statesman - H.A.L. Craig (+)

A Theatre Under the Influence, Seattle, Washington Performance,
Feb.-March, 2000

Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Mary R. Martin (+)
The Seattle Times - Paul de Barros (+)
The Stranger:Theater - Tom Spurgeon (still online as of 10/00) (+)

REVIEWS OF A SINGULAR MAN

(Performance?) - The Times - (+)

REVIEWS OF THE BEASTLY BEATITUDES OF BALTHAZAR B

Special thanks to Dr. Andrew
Schuman for forwarding these
reviews to the JPDC and
much other information on
stage and printed versions of
The Beastly Beatitudes of
Balthazar B.
.

Duke of York's Theatre, London Performance, September - October, 1981

Standard - Milton Shulman, Oct. 1, 1981 (+)
Financial Times - Michael Coveney, Oct. 1, 1981 (-)
The Lady - Oct., 1981 (+)
Daily Telegraph - Eric Shorter, Oct. 2, 1981 (+)
The Times - Ned Chaillet, Oct. 2, 1981 (+)
Sunday Telegraph - Francis King, Oct. 4, 1981 (+)
Punch - Sheridan Morley, Oct. 14, 1981 (+)
Country Life - Oct. 22, 1981 (+)
Harpers - Dec., 1981 (+)
London News - Dec., 1981 (+)

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