The Crux of the Matter

Written during an enviable period in his mid-twenties that would yield four major productions in two years, Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane transplants the playwright’s mixed feelings about the bucolic Ireland he would visit on holidays while growing up in London into a space of domestic menace. Continue reading “The Crux of the Matter”

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I Was Born Sneering

With character names like Yum-Yum (Quynh-My Luu) and Nanki-Poo (Jesse Pimpinella), it doesn’t take much imagination to see that The Mikado has a problem with racism.  Indeed, when the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) tried to mount a production of the opera last year, it was promptly cancelled amidst complaints of yellowface. Continue reading “I Was Born Sneering”