The Cripple of Inishmaan

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Methuen Drama, 1997 - Aran Islands (Ireland) - 82 pages
''Mr McDonagh is destined to be one of the theatrical luminaries of the 21st century' (The New Republic) In 1934, the people of Inishman learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighbouring island to film his documentary Man of Aran. No-one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. For Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. And as news of his audacity ripples through his rumour-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order. With this bleak yet uproariously funny play, the young Anglo-Irish dramatist Martin McDonagh fulfils the promise of his award-winning The Beauty Queen of Leenane while confirming his place in a tradition that extends from Synge to O'Casey and Brendan Behan.''

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A wickedly humorous, bittersweet play that - like the bulk of McDonagh's work - runs deeper than first seems. Billy the Cripple is an orphan raised by his eccentric aunts on the Island of Inishmaan in ... Read full review

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I saw the play at the NoŽl Coward Theatre in London on 7/22/13, and read the script today. This play, which initially premiered in London in 1997, was based on a true event, in which noted Hollywood ... Read full review


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