The music -- great! The singers -- fabulous! The "history," especially the scenes in the GPO -- the less said the better. But it's the politics that really matter.
This show was made in Ireland for broadcast on PBS. It's going to Broadway next year. It still hasn't been broadcast in Ireland.
Pictured, a shot from 'The Bloody Irish' broadcast on PBS.
So this is what the Irish entertainment establishment thinks the Yanks need to know about 1916: It is narrated by "Sir" John Grenfell Maxwell, who was brought in especially to crush the rebellion. (Pictured is the real John Grenfell Maxwell.)
Or to speak plainly, there was no difference between fighting for freedom and fighting for the British Empire.
Surely then, Bobby Sands did what he had to do and Maggie Thatcher did what she had to do.
This might not matter, except that it is going to shape what Americans think about 1916 and the fight for Irish freedom. After all, more Americans are likely to see it on PBS or on Broadway than will ever read any book on 1916.
But that, of course, is exactly as it's supposed to be.
The show debuted on PBS in October. Check your local listing for times when it may be shown again.