The Playboy of the Western World takes place over two days in the countryside of Ireland. A young man (Christopher “Christy” Mahon) enters, frightened and disheveled. He slowly reveals that he has killed his father - a story which makes him a celebrity in this small village. However, his heroic status is challenged when his murdered father arrives in the village. The Playboy of the Western World not only gives a glimpse into early 20th century Ireland, but also exposes the hypocrisy and danger of idolizing supposed criminals into celebrity status and the public breakdown when the truth is revealed.