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Articles by Ryan Walsh

  “I think every act of theatre is political, and should be. It’s a civic action; it’s a group of people in a live situation, in a room together, doing something. Is theatre a way of response to what is happening around us? Absolutely yes, and if it isn’t, why are we doing it, why are we bothering?” – Garry Hynes in conversation Howlround’s Ramona Ostrowski READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW AT HOWLROUND!     The Beauty Queen of Leenane…

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  In a small house in the mountains of Ireland, a lonely spinster locks horns with her house-bound, manipulative mother in a rage-filled battle of the wills. Written by Ireland’s most important, contemporary playwright, Martin McDonagh’s (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan), The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a subversive thriller that takes audiences through the twists and turns of the ultimate dysfunctional relationship, revealing what can happen when family ties go too far…way too far….

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  Warsan Shire’s widely read poem HOME begins powerfully: “No one leaves home  unless home is the mouth of a shark”   The final stanza sticks in your heart: “no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying- leave, run away from me now i dont know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here”   These past weeks our attention has been pulled to the questions…

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  Here’s ArtsEmerson co-artistic director Director David Dower in today’s Boston Globe on how the travel ban is affecting the planning of the 2017-18 season: ArtsEmerson, which often presents the work of international theater troupes, including artists from the Middle East, is still studying how the ban could affect the company. “It’s a very confused moment,” said David Dower, co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson. “When we’re presenting international [acts], we have to go through the immigration system….

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The New York Times: A Mother-Daughter Brawl: In ‘Beauty Queen,’ Marie Mullen Now Knows Both Sides With only four characters and a single set, “Beauty Queen,” the first play in Martin McDonagh’s “Leenane Trilogy,” focuses much of its energy on this most volatile of mother-daughter relationships. After the show opened on Broadway in 1998, its director and three of the four cast members won Tony awards — including Marie Mullen, who played Maureen. Two decades…

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