The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Other Plays

The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Other Plays

Book - 1998
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These three plays are set in a town in Galway so blighted by rancor, ignorance, and spite that, as the local priest complains, God Himself seems to have no jurisdiction there.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane portrays ancient, manipulative Mag and her virginal daughter, Maureen, whose mutual loathing may be more durable than any love. In A Skull in Connnemara, Mick Dowd is hired to dig up the bones in the town churchyard, some of which belong to his late and oddly unlamented wife. And the brothers of The Lonesome West have no sooner buried their father than they are resuming the vicious and utterly trivial quarrel that has been the chief activity of their lives.

"[McDonagh is] the most wickedly funny, brilliantly abrasive young dramatist on either side of the Irish Sea.... He is a born storyteller."--New York Times

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998
Edition: Vintage International Original, 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375704871
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 03, 2012

Each of these tragicomedy plays is wonderful. They are loosely connected through the town of Leenane and some of its residents. The characters don't overlap: those we meet in one play may be mentioned in the next 2 plays but aren't present. It's very well done. One feels that one knows these people and some of their characteristics without actually meeting them for awhile.
McDonagh's writing is captivating. It has an easy, dark humor, everday feel about it with some interesting twists. I highly recommend these three plays.


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