Irish theater company Druid makes its BAM debut with a 20th-anniversary revival of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated pitch-black comedy about a very dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship. More…
The first in McDonagh's trilogy of plays set in the sodden Irish backwater of Leenane, 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' tells the story of 40-year-old spinster Maureen Folan, who lives with her mother Mag in a dreamless hovel. The two trade insults and injuries in a vicious cycle of loveless care-taking until a glimmer of romance for Maureen sets in motion a chain of events as hilarious as it is terrifying. Druid co-founder Marie Mullen—who won a Tony for her performance as Maureen in the original Broadway mounting—ages into the fearsome role of Mag under the direction of co-founder and artistic director Garry Hynes, who also won a Tony for helming that production.
See it if You want to witness a fantastic staging of this dark play. Performances are perfect. Takes you on an intense journey and leaves you stirred.
Don't see it if This play was done in too big of a space. Was hard to connect to story because of difficulty to hear. Be prepared for a wild ride.
See it if a slice of life play from Ireland is a must-see. Well acted and amusing. Mother-daughter sadomasochistic relationship with a quirk
Don't see it if you expect a play with substance. I have heard about this play for years and I expected a masterpiece. It's amusing but inconsequential.
See it if Are skilled at understanding thick accents; enjoy intense, somewhat bleak themes.
Don't see it if You struggle to understand thick accents; prefer big production theater; do not enjoy dismal themes and staging.