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December 03, 1987|RICK SHERWOOD | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Ireland's famed Abbey Theatre company--which has served as theatrical home to William Butler Yeats, Sean O'Casey, Brendan Behan and contemporary playwrights Hugh Leonard and Brian Friel--will make its first New York appearance in a half century in March. The troupe will perform playwright Tom MacIntyre's "The Great Hunger" March 15-27 at Manhattan Community College. Before the run in New York, the troupe will perform in the Soviet Union, Boston and Philadelphia. The Abbey Theatre was founded by Yeats in 1904 and has served as a base for Irish dramatists ever since.

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