How does the blue boat scene in Philadelphia, Here I Come! mirror the major themes in the play?

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Joe Dowling directed numerous productions of Philadelphia, Here I Come! for the theatre. He once said that that the play dealt with our inability to communicate intimately, especially within the context of Irish society. The father and son relationship of S. B. and Gar highlight the extent of this communication failure. The blue boat scene is important to Gar. It reminds Gar that there was a time where his father and he communicated with each other in such a way that was carefree and affectionate. When S.B. cannot remember the trip in...

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