Director Marie Byrd Sproul’s production at The Keegan Theatre unflinchingly confronts the issues, telling the story of victims who aren’t perfect, caretakers who have their own past, and abusers who didn’t spring from their mother’s womb as monsters.
John Patrick Shanley’s play is part family drama, part romantic comedy with an Irish twist. No matter how you slice it, it’s exceedingly charming and down-to-earth.
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a jewel of a play, best displayed in the intimacy of a theater like Keegan … a lyrical, heart-wrenching, and ultimately joyous tribute to those who stayed behind, tending the land that they loved,
It’s vintage Shanley; the characters hold nothing back. Moonstruck savages might be a fair description of Shanley’s misfit romantics, and you’ll find yourself grinning as Keegan’s quartet adeptly taps the flinty, winsome style.
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