A Behanding in Spokane, a Midwest Premiere by Martin McDonagh
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The last date listed for A Behanding in Spokane was Sunday December 4, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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Named one of the best plays of the year by The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright… More
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Featured review from MaysasmomRed Velvet
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This is a very dark comedy. So if you are offended by the "F bomb" and politically incorrect humor, costay away. If however, you enjoy the darker side of humor, this is spot on. Actors were a bit nervous because I saw the first performance, but overall very good. You really feel as if you are part of the show because the space is so intimate. In fact, a "hand" landed at my feet during the performance. A very fun evening, we laughed all the way home.
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If you are a little twisted, this black comedy is for you. Bizarre plot generates many funny moments. More laughter from the audience than most other comedies we have seen. You probably don't want to take your mother unless she is twisted too.
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“When blood is shed in a Martin McDonagh play, the audience always laughs —and usually gasps. Mr. McDonagh is partial to comic violence, and in A Behanding In Spokane he lets it rip, full of grisly surprises. You’ll spend an hour and a half laughing nonstop. Mr. McDonagh is one of the half-dozen finest playwrights in the English-speaking world!” —Wall Street Journal
“A Behanding In Spokane has twists and turns and a sense that something awful is around the next bend. McDonagh’s incendiary and very un-PC humor are truly explosive. Sit back and let this raucous ride take you along!” —_New York Daily News _
“It is brittle and smart as it weaves its tall tale, in the same moment making the audience both believe and doubt what they see and hear. Strip away the various brutalities, and you are left with a precisely constructed drama of mistake and misapprehension. I found it irresistible!” —The Telegraph
A Midwest Premiere
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Rick Snyder
Martin McDonagh also wrote the award-winning plays The Pillowman (Tony nominee, Best Play 2005 and Olivier Award-winner 2004), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Olivier Award Winner 2003), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Tony nominee, Best Play 1998) and The Lonesome West (Tony nominee, Best Play 1999). His 2006 film Six Shooter won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and the full-length feature In Bruges received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
“For me, McDonagh plays are often about thinking the unthinkable, saying the unsayable, and presenting the impossible,” says director Rick Snyder. “In our politically correct society, there is a strange relief in being able to do this. This play is totally outrageous and hysterically funny.”