“This play takes your guts out.” – NY Times

Sarah Zastrow, Jody Kujawa and Ellie Martin in Renegade Comedy Theatre's production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh (photo by Ken Koolodge)

Sarah Zastrow, Jody Kujawa and Ellie Martin in Renegade Comedy Theatre's production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" (photo by Ken Koolodge).

OPENS TONIGHT AT 8pm!

In the mountains of Connemara, Ireland, lives Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster. Her sisters have long escaped into marriage and Maureen is stuck caring for Mag, her aging, manipulative mother. When a man shows up on their doorstep offering Maureen a last chance at happiness, Mag interferes, setting in motion a chain of events leading to a shocking, terrifying conclusion.

This stunning play by Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh won four Tony Awards in 1998 and was hailed by the New York Times as “more immediate and vital than any new drama in many seasons.”

April 9-11, 16-18 & 23-25 / All shows at 8pm.

Call 218-336-1414 for tickets or visit www.teatrozuccone.com

Evan Kelly and Ellie Martin in Renegade Comedy Theatre's production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" (photo by Ken Koolodge).

Evan Kelly and Ellie Martin in Renegade Comedy Theatre's production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" (photo by Ken Koolodge).

8 Comments

farglebargle

about 13 years ago

This is a comedy, right?

Nathan

about 13 years ago

It's usually classified as a dark comedy.

tony d

about 13 years ago

I've seen several posts for plays lately that use praise for previous productions of the play to promote the local production. As in the above "'This play takes your guts off.' -NY Times". The statement was originally made in a review about a NYC production of the play, not simply the script. I would think that the only thing the NYC and Duluth productions have in common is the script: different sets/costumes/props/lighting/sound/blocking, different actors, different director, producer, etc. (and of course, different stage/theatre).

Question: is it right to use praise for another production to promote a completely different production of the play?

(Not trying to slam Renegade; I've seen other local theaters do this as well. Just wondering if anyone else thinks this is appropriate or not.)

Andy

about 13 years ago

Just to clarify, Tony: That quote is solely talking about the script. The play hadn't even opened when the New York Times wrote that piece. I agree with you, it would be wrong to put "The performances are brilliant." when it's referencing a different production, but quotes about the same script that's being used in a local production are fair game. It's the same type of thing that they do when they publish the playscript. They use quotes from the reviews as well, but only quotes that reference the actual text.

Paul Lundgren

about 13 years ago

Andy's comment takes Tony's guts out!

tonyd

about 13 years ago

Thanks for the clarification, Andy! That's a whole other animal. I didn't know the NY Times reviewed scripts; I thought they only reviewed actual productions. Question: was the NYT piece a preview of an upcoming NYC production (perhaps of its premier production) or was it just the script? Very rare for a newspaper to review a script.

ironic1

about 13 years ago

"Evisceration" isn't what first pops to mind when I consider a fun night of comedy.

Keir

about 13 years ago

Certainly not comedy in the broad sense most Americans are used to.  This is a challenging dramatic piece and the director and actors put on a spectacular performance.  The audience leaves feeling conflicted precisely because the script comes from a different cultural tradition.  It is difficult for us to understand Irish fatalism rooted in multi-generational poverty and isolation.

The humor is subtle and allegorical.  The long simmering grudge over a lost tether ball gently mocks the Gaelic stereotype of unending clan feuds.  The pain is as real and current as the Irish "troubles" and small metaphors are a gentle way of adding context and maintaining sympathy for the individuals involved.

So no, not "ha ha" funny.  If you were expecting Ole and Lena you will be disappointed.  It may not even count as a "fun night of comedy."  Fortunately we have a great scene developing for stand up and improv, but this is not it.

Still, sometimes it's good to get out of our comfort zone.  Sometimes it even leads to seeing the world a little differently.

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