The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonaugh
directed by Julianna Wright
Thursday, September 8 - Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m.
McCallum Black Box Theatre, 5600 Sunshine Drive (click for map)
The play centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster who takes care of her 70 year-old, selfish and manipulative mother Mag. Sisters of Maureen have escaped into marriage and family life, but Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother. In the course of the play, the Folan cottage is visited by Pato Dooley and his younger brother Ray. Pato is a middle-aged construction worker fed up with having to live and work in England, disappointed by the limitations and loneliness of his life. The sameness of its day-to-day is tedious also for his brother, a non-threatening “bad boy” Ray. The glimmer of a last-chance romance between Maureen and Pato sparks up in the first act, and continues in the second one with a notable monologue of Pato. The plot, full of deceptions, secrets and betrayalsinterspersed with turnabouts keeps surprising the audience. Hopes are raised only to be dashed. Rated PG-13