Thursday, March 17, 2011

Upcoming: A Behanding in Spokane by Martin McDonagh, Hyde Park Theatre, April 28 - May 28

Received directly:

Hyde Park Theatre

Hyde Park Theatre


the Austin premiere of

Martin McDonagh’s

A Behanding in Spokane Martin McDonagh

directed by Ken Webster

Featuring Aaron Alexander, Michelle Keffer, Mical Trejo, and Ken Webster

April 28 – May 28

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Hyde Park Theatre 511 W. 43rd Street at Guadalupe (click for map)

Tickets $19 and $17 Fridays and Saturdays. Pay-What-You-Can Thursdays

Final weekend tickets are $21 and $19
Charge tickets online at or call 479-PLAY (7529).
Hyde Park Theatre continues its love affair with the black comedies of the brilliant young Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, this time with McDonagh's first play set in America, the savagely funny A Behanding in Spokane. The New York Times called the play “perfect, demented, ecstatic, and imaginative.” “Wildly entertaining…truly explosive,” said The Daily News. The Wall Street Journal said, “You’ll spend 90 minutes laughing nonstop.“

In Behanding, Carmichael's 37-year search for his missing left hand brings him to a small-town hotel where he encounters a bizarre hotel clerk and a small-time con-artist couple who claim to have the hand.

Austin critics called HPT's 2008 production of McDonagh's The Lonesome West "witty, engaging, intense, and wickedly funny" and "utterly hilarious." HPT's 2007 production of McDonagh's The Pillowman sold out every performance during an unprecedented three extensions; Austin critics called it "utterly compelling," "an excellent production of an immensely challenging and strikingly brilliant play," and "one fascinating, entertaining night of theatre that we can't recommend highly enough." Those productions were also directed by Ken Webster.

McDonagh won an Academy Award for Best Short Film for Six Shooter and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges.

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