Gritty Irish tale is irresistible stage work
Monday, 15 March 2010 15:12
Theatrical review by John Busbee for The Culture Buzz
Des Moines, Iowa
March 23, 2010 Executive producer Brendan Dunphy, who also plays one of the roles, successfully continues his obsessive Martin McDonagh Project with his second production, "The Lonesome West." Staged in the Des Moines Social Club's black box theatre, this production captures the essence of McDonagh's work through dynamic performance and direction. This continuation of the Connemara Trilogy is the next piece of Moon Coin Production's master plan to present "the first ever kind-of-complete showcase of this brilliant man's works." The mild disclaimer is because McDonagh continues to write, and has a critically acclaimed new Broadway show, "A Behanding in Spokane."
Des Moines audiences willing to take this adventurous ride will be rewarded with a theatrical treat. Make no mistake - McDonagh's script is filled with a savage humor. It is inherently contradictory, dealing with the gritty side of humanity while delivering gales of laughter like waves beating on the bleak shores of the sea that is such an integral part of his plays. This is part of his genius. Two key ingredients rise to the occasion for this show's success: a strong, talented cast and a director who understands how to deliver such material.