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He became an important drama critic for The Observer, and later spent a year as an astringent guest critic on a New York paper. His John Ferguson and Jane Clegg were the financial saving of the New York Theatre Guild. In more recent years he has written a number of comedies for the British stage somewhat in the style of Somerset Maugham. He also published some novels, as well as highly opinionated biographies of Parnell, General William Booth, Craigavon, Wilde, and Shaw. His first post-O'Casey comedy at the Abbey was Eoyd's Shop, produced on February 24, 1936, and later filmed with the Abbey players.
However, Seamus Kelly, the astringent drama critic of The Irish Times, has written: "Good plays are not scarce. In very recent times small theatre groups in Dublin have produced three which should have demanded production by the Abbey, and would, one feels confident, have got Abbey production in Yeats's time. They were The Purple Path to the Poppy Fields by Maurice Meldon; The Quare Fellow by Brendan Behan; and Waiting for Godot by the Dubliner Samuel Beckett. "18 The Abbey again made "belated amends," to Behan at least, by staging The Quare Fellow, but why did they not stage it in its first, Gaelic version?
In general, it can be said that Robinson wrote four kinds of plays: conventional popular comedies, thoughtful realistic dramas, excursions into experiment and satire, and excursions into psychology and morals. The first two categories contain most of his popular, better-known plays, but not his most interesting ones. His most popular and still very adroit comedy is The Whiteheaded Boy, written early in his career in 1916. The notable later comedies are The Far Off Hills (first presented on October 22, 1928), Is Life Worth Living?