THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

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The brilliantly subversive “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” which is set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, is the tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

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"A very bleak play, as you would expect from Martin McDonagh. Being that THE PILLOWMAN might be my favorite production ever seen on Broadway (I saw the original production twice, and I think I was in Standing Room the first time), I am a huge fan of the dark, dark, pitch dark comedy/tragedy of his writing. IN BRUGES was a really enjoyable film as well. I went into this knowing that it was part of the same trilogy as LONESOME WEST, and while the production is first rate, I would say I would not have rushed to this show in comparison to other plays I might have been able to sample in other genres or from other playwrights. I was 100% compelled and engaged in the story, but I would say that it is not the production that makes me leave less than a completely "Sweet" review, but rather the play. Given that McDonagh was something like 21 years old when he wrote this play, it is a miracle - he is a fantastic talent, I cannot fathom anyone at that age being able to write grown characters with so much complexity. But I feel that this is more for the theatergoing audience that is wanting to see every last McDonagh play (after having seen the rest), rather than something that would introduce a casual theatregoer to this Irish playwright, or to introduce civilians to the theatregoing experience altogether. Very sad and dark, and very McDonagh. Just not as altogther satisfying as his later works. Set Design was very interesting. Acting was good (as always), but hard to understand the dialect if you aren't used to hearing strong Irish accents every day."

sweet-sour - mangobango


Frances Baum Nicholson
"This production by the Druid theater company of Galway, features essential elements of their premiere of the work in the 1990s: from director, and Druid Artistic Director, Garry Hynes (the first woman to win a Tony for directing, for the New York production of this piece), to award-winning actress Marie Mullen, who created one role in the original production and returns to play another. Add to this strong new performances by from Druid regulars, and you have a work steeped in modern Irish thought and culture, filled with unforgettable characters recognizable as funny, infuriating, and, on occasion, grippingly awful."

sweet - Frances Baum Nicholson - Stage Struck Review - ...read full review


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"Under the fine direction of Garry Hynes (important to note that she's a female director and one of the co-founders of Druid) there are great performances from the cast of four, especially from the two leads played by Marie Mullen and Aisling O'Sullivan..."

sweet-sour - Pauline Adamek - ...read full review


Don Grigware
"Under Garry Hynes splendid direction, the actors give sparkling performances, feasting on every word and action...Don't miss this brilliantly written, directed and acted young classic The Beauty Queen of Leenane through December 18!"

sweet - Don Grigware - ...read full review


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"Twenty years on, the play has aged like a bottle of fine Irish whiskey, with Hynes returning to the helm and Mullen again starring, this time as Maureen's mother Mag, in an outstanding production that's as witty as it is shocking."

sweet - Jordan Riefe - ...read full review


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"It's quite a story directed and acted brilliantly by each cast member, that leaves audience members walking out of the theatre expressing out loud, “Wow, that was intense.”"

sweet - Jill Weinlein - ...read full review


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"Marie Mullen won the best actress Tony for the original Broadway production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane as a tortured daughter. Now she has returned almost 20 years later to play the tormentor — her cruel, selfish mother. Her remarkable performance at the Mark Taper Forum, harrowing and yet oddly empathetic, is matched by the rest of this dazzling cast in this hilariously vicious revival of Martin McDonagh's raven-black comedy."

sweet - Jonas Schwartz - ...read full review


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"The quartet of actors performs extraordinarily well, with Mullen and O'Sullivan subtly broadcasting all the mixed emotions which can mar any familiar relationship. And the producers have added to the Taper's fine reputation with this production, which should not be missed. Rare, indeed, to be given a chance to see such a fine import to our theatricalized city."

sweet - Dale Reynolds - ...read full review


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"If the exquisite new international touring production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane currently at the Mark Taper Forum is any indication, Martin McDonagh's blackly comedic blowtorch of an Irish melodrama promises to be around for as long as there are controlling mothers and emotionally crippled daughters locked in a toxic embrace of blame, shame and mutually manipulative torment."

sweet - Bill Raden - ...read full review


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"This production of “Beauty Queen,” the first stop in the Druid's U.S. tour, hasn't convinced me that I missed the boat the first time around. But not expecting to be intellectually or spiritually nourished, I relaxed into the dark pleasures of McDonagh's imagination. The play reveals the author's relative inexperience through creaky exposition and crude plotting, but it also flaunts his comic audacity and fearless iconoclasm. McDonagh re-creates traditional Irish family drama only to set it ablaze with a postmodern blowtorch."

sweet-sour - Charles McNulty - ...read full review


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"...the sinister undercurrent is there, breaking through late in the show with a twist that still manages to shock."

sweet-sour - Peter Debruge - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"At its best McDonagh's story should sear your heart, but this production, while polished and professional, is emotionally flat; the Mag we observe is a sharply delineated curmudgeon, but however well Mullen handles the shtick —and she handles it very well — there's never a doubt we're watching a play. O'Sulllivan displays more layers, but as with Mullen, it's a studied performance (at least the one I saw was), and it fails to ferry us to the drama's heights or to its depths."

sour - Deborah Klugman - ...read full review


Frances Baum Nicholson
"This production by the Druid theater company of Galway, features essential elements of their premiere of the work in the 1990s: from director, and Druid Artistic Director, Garry Hynes (the first woman to win a Tony for directing, for the New York production of this piece), to award-winning actress Marie Mullen, who created one role in the original production and returns to play another. Add to this strong new performances by from Druid regulars, and you have a work steeped in modern Irish thought and culture, filled with unforgettable characters recognizable as funny, infuriating, and, on occasion, grippingly awful."

sweet - Frances Baum Nicholson - Stage Struck Review - ...read full review


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"Under the fine direction of Garry Hynes (important to note that she's a female director and one of the co-founders of Druid) there are great performances from the cast of four, especially from the two leads played by Marie Mullen and Aisling O'Sullivan..."

sweet-sour - Pauline Adamek - ...read full review


Don Grigware
"Under Garry Hynes splendid direction, the actors give sparkling performances, feasting on every word and action...Don't miss this brilliantly written, directed and acted young classic The Beauty Queen of Leenane through December 18!"

sweet - Don Grigware - ...read full review


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"Twenty years on, the play has aged like a bottle of fine Irish whiskey, with Hynes returning to the helm and Mullen again starring, this time as Maureen's mother Mag, in an outstanding production that's as witty as it is shocking."

sweet - Jordan Riefe - ...read full review


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"It's quite a story directed and acted brilliantly by each cast member, that leaves audience members walking out of the theatre expressing out loud, “Wow, that was intense.”"

sweet - Jill Weinlein - ...read full review


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"Marie Mullen won the best actress Tony for the original Broadway production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane as a tortured daughter. Now she has returned almost 20 years later to play the tormentor — her cruel, selfish mother. Her remarkable performance at the Mark Taper Forum, harrowing and yet oddly empathetic, is matched by the rest of this dazzling cast in this hilariously vicious revival of Martin McDonagh's raven-black comedy."

sweet - Jonas Schwartz - ...read full review


Avatar
"The quartet of actors performs extraordinarily well, with Mullen and O'Sullivan subtly broadcasting all the mixed emotions which can mar any familiar relationship. And the producers have added to the Taper's fine reputation with this production, which should not be missed. Rare, indeed, to be given a chance to see such a fine import to our theatricalized city."

sweet - Dale Reynolds - ...read full review


Avatar
"If the exquisite new international touring production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane currently at the Mark Taper Forum is any indication, Martin McDonagh's blackly comedic blowtorch of an Irish melodrama promises to be around for as long as there are controlling mothers and emotionally crippled daughters locked in a toxic embrace of blame, shame and mutually manipulative torment."

sweet - Bill Raden - ...read full review


Avatar
"This production of “Beauty Queen,” the first stop in the Druid's U.S. tour, hasn't convinced me that I missed the boat the first time around. But not expecting to be intellectually or spiritually nourished, I relaxed into the dark pleasures of McDonagh's imagination. The play reveals the author's relative inexperience through creaky exposition and crude plotting, but it also flaunts his comic audacity and fearless iconoclasm. McDonagh re-creates traditional Irish family drama only to set it ablaze with a postmodern blowtorch."

sweet-sour - Charles McNulty - ...read full review


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"...the sinister undercurrent is there, breaking through late in the show with a twist that still manages to shock."

sweet-sour - Peter Debruge - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"At its best McDonagh's story should sear your heart, but this production, while polished and professional, is emotionally flat; the Mag we observe is a sharply delineated curmudgeon, but however well Mullen handles the shtick —and she handles it very well — there's never a doubt we're watching a play. O'Sulllivan displays more layers, but as with Mullen, it's a studied performance (at least the one I saw was), and it fails to ferry us to the drama's heights or to its depths."

sour - Deborah Klugman - ...read full review


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"A very bleak play, as you would expect from Martin McDonagh. Being that THE PILLOWMAN might be my favorite production ever seen on Broadway (I saw the original production twice, and I think I was in Standing Room the first time), I am a huge fan of the dark, dark, pitch dark comedy/tragedy of his writing. IN BRUGES was a really enjoyable film as well. I went into this knowing that it was part of the same trilogy as LONESOME WEST, and while the production is first rate, I would say I would not have rushed to this show in comparison to other plays I might have been able to sample in other genres or from other playwrights. I was 100% compelled and engaged in the story, but I would say that it is not the production that makes me leave less than a completely "Sweet" review, but rather the play. Given that McDonagh was something like 21 years old when he wrote this play, it is a miracle - he is a fantastic talent, I cannot fathom anyone at that age being able to write grown characters with so much complexity. But I feel that this is more for the theatergoing audience that is wanting to see every last McDonagh play (after having seen the rest), rather than something that would introduce a casual theatregoer to this Irish playwright, or to introduce civilians to the theatregoing experience altogether. Very sad and dark, and very McDonagh. Just not as altogther satisfying as his later works. Set Design was very interesting. Acting was good (as always), but hard to understand the dialect if you aren't used to hearing strong Irish accents every day."

sweet-sour - mangobango