Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge
Take The Playboy of the Western World , a 1907 three-act play written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge, move it from the turn of the 20th century Ireland and place it during the Great Depression along the Blue Ridge and you have Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge.
Clayton is on the run for having murdered his father by hitting him with a shovel. He shows up at Maggie’s grocery store and the residents react in ways we don’t exactly expect. However, when his father shows up, not dead at all, the reactions are again not you expect.
The bluegrass-tinged score is lots of fun – the critics pretty much universally liked Frank Mills's music. They weren’t as kind to the adaption of the play, which most felt dealt only with the comedy aspects and seemed rushed to the stage. And many mentioned the homespun dialect and dialogue seemed out of place and silly.