Born in Ireland, John Brougham originally pursued a surgical career at the Peter Street Hospital in Dublin.
This play, which is set during the American Revolution, centers around Ebeneezer O'Donahoo, whose father is Irish and whose mother is a Yankee. Ebeneezer is embarrassed of his Irish heritage and frequently is forced to explain his speech and mannerisms to the non-Irish characters in the play.
Ryan's essay on Brougham's Irish plays contains an analysis of such plays as The Irish Yankee, Life in New York, The Game of Love, and Temptation.
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