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  The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Athenaeum Theatre

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

Forty-year-old Maureen spends her present and foreseeable future caring for her elderly but iron-willed mother, Mag -- until an old family friend reappears and offers Maureen a chance at love and a new life. But Mag isn't about to let Maureen go so easily, setting off a shocking chain of events. The Beauty Queen of Leenane serves up a rich Irish stew of dark comedy and drama centering on a seriously dysfunctional mother and daughter. This acclaimed tragicomedy by Martin McDonagh, the Oscar-winning writer of In Bruges, comes to the stage at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two. Deemed "wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre," by the London Daily Telegraph, this production brims with the brash humor, rich language and inventive storytelling for which McDonagh has been widely praised.

Presented by Bluebird Arts

Thru - Mar 25, 2017

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $18-$28

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875

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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The amazing thing about Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's 1996 black comedy, here directed by Luda Lopatina Solomon for Bluebird Arts, is how it lulls you into a false sense of security-one minute you're laughing, the next you're cringing, as moments of tenderness are quickly outdone by grisly betrayals. The script is a wonderful balance of contrasts, and this cast knows how to interpret them, particularly Gray and Harris, who bring out McDonagh's hardened themes, the most poignant of which is captivity."
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Matt de la Pena

Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...The believability of the relationships between the four character cast was incredibly compelling. Kate Harris navigates well the character of stubborn and needy matriarch Mag. The changeable attitudes of an elderly woman in need of companionship and control, yet fears of being alone is not an easy feat to convey. Similar to an ocean, Maureen and Mag’s relationship is like a riptide pulling them further away from the “shore” of societal change and shifts drastically into a hazardous undertow of repressed anger pulling the audience along with it. Extremely emotive performances, particularly Gray’s portrayal of Maureen’s stifled frustrations of years being her mother’s caretaker."

Mary Crylen

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Overall, the cast is good at playing up the dry humor of the script and carries the story fairly well. The Bluebird Arts production of THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE will fulfill your Martin McDonagh needs."
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Alexis Bugajski

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