'The Beauty Queen of Leenane'

In the history of meddling mothers, this one takes the half-eaten, rotting cake. Written by one of Ireland’s most prized playwrights, Martin McDonagh, The Beauty Queen of Leenane takes a peek into the lives of Maureen Folan, a mentally-ill 40-year-old spinster; her manipulative, 70-year-old mother; and their hateful, dysfunctional relationship. Will Maureen find last-chance love with middle-aged construction worker Pato, or will her mom crush any chance of happiness? The production takes place entirely within a dim, shabby kitchen. (How’s that for ambiance?) Catch director Katie Chidester’s take on this award-winning dark comedy and realize that maybe, just maybe, your family’s not so bad.

Fridays-Sundays. Starts: June 10. Continues through July 10, 2011

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