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The Cripple of Inishmaan

Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm — $8 general public, $6 students/seniorsEast Peoria Campus, Performing Arts Center, Studio Theatre

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, The Cripple of Inishmaan is an strange and offbeat comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on Inishmaan that Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film Man of Aran, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. A truly brilliant and funny evening of theatre.

“McDonagh’s… comic talent appears unlimited, and he also has a way… of mixing up his humor with a touch of the poet and a profound sense of tragedy always dangerously lurking on comedy’s untidy fringe. In short, young McDonagh is a playwright to reckon with.” — New York Post

“McDonagh’s storytelling style… has the clarity and power of fable. Each character enters not only with his own idiosyncrasy but with his own distinct idiom. McDonagh skillfully juggles rhythms and repetitions so as to illuminate the sadness, defensiveness and longing for connection underneath the characters’ badinage.” —The New Yorker

Rated R for adult language

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.

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