Andrea Richman

Andrea Richman’s Event Journal

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

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Wednesday August 28, 2013 / 7:30pm
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
2 tickets
Orchestra
4545 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Everyone both at the theater and involved in the production was extremely friendly and accommodating and, unbeknownst to us, apparently the theater offers a feedback/discussion group after the show on Wednesday nights and possibly some Thursdays, so we were in luck! My only quibble was with the lack of clarity about the parking situation. There are several Montgomery County garages in the vicinity of the theater, and there was also some-on-the-street parking with meters, but from the description by the theater, we did not realize that THE THEATER HAS ITS' OWN PARKING GARAGE, where we would not have had to scramble for the proper change! We will know better next time. On to the show! I loved all the beautiful pictures in the lobby of Ireland. It is definitely on my bucket list of places I want to visit, but it is a surprising revelation that life is still so hard for the people who live there. As for the production and performances, the set was absolutely breathtaking, but why were the radio and the telephone placed so high up? I understand that they filled up the empty space on the wall of the set, but still, in a house lived in by one woman who was so short and bent over, even though she played up her 'helplessness", they should have been moved down, closer to where she could reach them. Then, perhaps, she would not have been quite so dependent on her daughter. I appreciated the glossary, because there were times when the language was a bit unintelligible, I have seen a great many Irish plays, I have known a number of native-born Irish, but at times, in this production, I felt like we needed subtitles. However, that said, I WAS REALLY MESMERIZED AND FASCINATED BY THIS PRODUCTION. Each character was so finely drawn and nuanced, that it really kept one guessing as to how it would all turn out and if how it turned out was really what happened or was only a figment of more than one imagination or another. The playwright, director, and performers, all provided just enough insinuations and asides to keep the audience guessing and I congratulate all of the players for creating such three-dimensional human beings that it was hard to tell where the truth really was and through whose eyes, my husband and I argued about the resolution all the way home!