The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Cripple of Inishmaan – Theater Review
Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy returns to New York in a co-production with Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company. It’s 1934 and news on the Irish island of Inishmaan is thin on the ground. Then word arrives that Hollywood director Robert Flaherty will be filming on the neighboring Inishmore. As excitement ripples through the sleepy community, the often scorned Cripple Billy vies for a part in the film.
“The Cripple of Inishmaan is part three of a trilogy by Mark McDonagh and I must admit to you up front that I have become a Mark McDonagh groupie. He writes wonderful plays, including the Pillow Man, the Lieutenant of Inishmoore, Lonesome West. He writes wonderful plays about the Irish experience with Irish actors in serious Irish brogues so it may take you a while to settle into it but this is a play of great humor, great sadness, and great violence and that’s one of the hallmarks of Mark McDonagh’s work. He also wrote In Bruges, in fact he won an Oscar for it but his plays are really characterized by that uneasy combination of humor and violence. This is an outstanding cast, especially Aaron McDonagh who plays The Cripple of Inishmaan and I don’t want to tell you what it’s about because it will spoil some of the fun but don’t miss The Cripple of Inishmaan.”