The Cripple of Inishmaan

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Vintage Books, 1998 - Drama - 113 pages
In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been grazing 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 rumor-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.

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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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Martin McDonagh's first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, was nominated for six Tony Awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2003, his play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the National Theatre, London, and received the 2004 Olivier Award. In 2006, McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter. In 2009, In Bruges won a BAFTA for best original screenplay. His most recent works include In Bruges, A Behanding in Spokane, and Seven Psychopaths.

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