"The Cripple of Inishmaan" (Redtwist Theatre): Masterful Storytelling by OUR Locals

#107. The thing about the Irish is we enjoy a good story.  The bigger the yarn, the bigger the appeal.  We amuse ourselves and each other with vivid tales of things that actually happened, could have happened or we wanted to happen. And we find stories are best told with a pint of humor and a shot of mischief.

With Pat Whalen and Baize Buzan in a scene from Redtwist Theatre's "The Cripple of Inishmaan ", by Martin McDonagh, directed by Kimberly Senior. (photo credit: Kimberly Loughlin)Redtwist Theatre presents The Cripple of Inishmaan.  Billy has a deformed hand and foot.  In his small Irish hometown, he is called ‘Crippled Billy.’  It seems cruel but it’s not suppose to be.  The village embraces a blunt sensibility.  They call it like it is.  Billy’s aunts discuss his romantic quandary.  They know he has no prospects because he’s crippled, ugly and stares at cows.  And it’s not just his aunts describing his bleak future.  Everyone talks about it… behind his back and to his face.  They tell stories about Billy’s questionable health and dead parents.  When an American filmmaker arrives at a neighboring island, Billy decides to change his story completely.  The Cripple of Inishmaan shocks and charms with equal ferocity. 

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

A big Martin McDonagh fan, Rick describes it with ‘fate trumps love.’

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