Posts Tagged:Martin McDonagh

Magic Time: The Lonesome West

McDonagh scripts their savage and macabre verbal sparring. Director Mark A. Rhea paces each round with knockout punch. Keenan and Smith play high-risk foils as if on a high-tension high wire. And Casey Kaleba tightly stages each fight with a startling mix of hostility and silliness … The Lonesome West is a fantastic ride.

Reviews August 12, 2016    ,,,,,,

Wall Street Journal: The Lonesome West

This production, directed by Mark A. Rhea, the Keegan’s founder, leaves nothing whatsoever to be desired. It’s serious when it needs to be and funny the rest of the time, and the members of the cast make music out of Mr. McDonagh’s raucous dialogue. This staging was as convincing as anything I’ve seen at New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre.

Reviews August 10, 2016    ,,,,,

The Washington Post: The Lonesome West

Never underestimate the power of tonal contrast. Much of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy “The Lonesome West” depicts the simmering hostility between two Irish brothers: Coleman and Valene Connor have long indulged in outrages that include threats, blackmail, violent brawling, streams of profanity and the malicious mistreatment of potato chips. It’s misbehavior rendered amusingly in the Keegan Theatre’s lively staging of the play.

Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West Opens August 6

The Keegan Theatre closes out its record-breaking 19th season with Martin McDonagh’s brutally funny dark comedy, THE LONESOME WEST. Set in the tiny Irish backwater of Leenane, warring brothers Valene and Coleman live to torment each other, baiting and brawling over every petty grievance, from would-be girlfriends to cheap potato chips. Only Father Welsh, the local parish priest, will try to save them before their sibling rivalry explodes into a hilarious and brutal finish.

Dramaurge: A Behanding in Spokane

…A Behanding played well before a potentially critical younger crowd as well as the Boomers that filled out the audience. That’s something to laugh about and applaud.

DC Theatre Scene: A Behanding in Spokane

…the explosive bursts of humor, the macabre nature of the plot, and the terrific character-driven performances make Keegan Theatre’s production of A Behanding in Spokane one of the most memorable and entertaining plays of the season.

ShowBizRadio: A Behanding in Spokane

Playwright Martin McDonagh succeeds in writing, and the actors in Keegan Theatre’s cast succeed in delivering, wonderfully fluent and intelligently-written lines for the four characters in A Behanding in Spokane…



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