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Beggars in the House of Plenty

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John Patrick Shanley

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 3 Female

Johnny is the youngest and most sensitive of three siblings stranded in a surreal Irish Catholic household lorded over by their father, a butcher from the Bronx, and their mother, a chipper, hope-mongering wreck of a woman who can only grant chill advice, not comfort

Their daughter Sheila flees her family through marriage while Joey, a high school dropout, opts for a career in the navy and eventually returns from Vietnam. Alone, Johnny takes solace in pyromania and writing about his family

"...crackles with the energy of artists who are going places...a theatrical event not likely to recur anytime soon...In a breathless 90 minutes, 40 topsy-turvy years of family life flood across the stage" ~ NY Times

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