Written by Brian Friel.
Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA
A study of language and identity, Irish playwright Brian Friel’s Translations charts the beginning of a grim passage of Irish history where the imperialism of the brutish British government threatened to wipe out their culture.
Neal Weaver – LA Weekly
Brian Friel’s 1980 play is set in 1833. England has sent British troops to carry out the first geographic survey of Ireland, with orders to translate the old Gaelic place names into English, obliterating centuries of Irish history and culture. In Gaelic-speaking Baile Beag, in Country Donegal, the reaction is decidedly mixed.