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Molly Sweeney - 2011 - Off-Broadway

Brian Friel, Ireland’s master storyteller (Dancing at Lughnasa, Translations, Philadelphia, Here I Come) has devised a riveting contemporary drama about the terrible consequences of a medical miracle.

Molly has sat in happy, capable, independent darkness since she was ten months old. When her husband, a restless, unemployed enthusiast makes her blindness his latest cause, he consults a once famous star surgeon who, despite being half drowned in Irish whiskey agrees to attempt to restore Molly’s sight.

When the bandages come off, remarkable revelations ensue. The privacy of blindness is assaulted. Can one “learn to see”? Or will the shock of realization overwhelm a beautiful woman who has never seen her face! Friel’s fascinating journey plunges deeply into the secrets and hearts of three extraordinary characters who lower the veil and allow us into their very private lives.


Irish Repertory Theatre

(New York, NY)
132 West 22nd St.(between 6th & 7th Aves)


by Meghan Schuler - February 7, 2011
Famed neurologist and writer Dr. Oliver Sacks attended the Irish Repertory Theatre's acclaimed revival of Brian Friel's MOLLY SWEENEY. Dr. Sacks is the author of 'To See or Not to See,' which inspired Mr. Friel to write his three-character play about a blind woman who undergoes an operation to try to restore her sight. He is also the author of 'Awakenings' and 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.'