The popular Irish film, The Quiet Man, has been given a whole new lease of life in Chicago.
A stage version of the story has opened to rave reviews in Chicago’s Theater Downstairs with an endorsement from none other than legendary actress Maureen O'Hara who called the play "delightful."
O'Hara played opposite John Wayne in the 1952 Oscar-winning movie which was directed by John Ford.
Both the play, which is called The Quiet Man Tales, and the film were based on a book of short stories called “Green Rushes,” by Maurice Walsh.
The Quiet Man tales is set in the Irish countryside in the early 1920s, when Ireland was engaged in its war of independence. The play follows the lives of men and women who fought in that war, and features traditional Irish music and pre-show music performed by Chicago-area Irish musicians.
The central character is Paddy Bawn Enright, called “The Quiet Man” by his comrades, who won fame in the U.S. as a prize fighter, and had reputation as a fierce fighter during the war.
Bawn longs for a quiet place on a hillside – but when he falls for Ellen Roe O’Danaher, his biggest fight is yet to come.
The Quiet Man Tales is directed by Susan Felder,whose directing credits include “Macbeth”,“The Tempest”, “Julius Caesar”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Producers are optimistic that the show will come to New York in the not-too-distant future.
Frank Mahon, the play's writer and producer, told IrishCentral.com, "We certainly hope that we will make it to New York at some point."