The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably toward the… See more details below

Overview

Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably toward the play's terrifying denouement.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"(McDonagh) offers all the familiar delights of farce and melodrama, while at the same time offering a powerful critique of contemporary Ireland."—The Guardian
 

"A richly human illustration of that tragicomic paradox. If it wasn't so funny it would be squalid."—The Times (of London)
 

"The dramatic tension McDonagh creates is brilliantly sustained, while the sudden twists and turbans of the plot elicit genuine gasps of surprise from the audience."—Daily Telegraph
 

"(McDonagh's) ear for the Irish rhythms and the absurdities of everyday speech is matchless."—Sunday Daily Mail
 

"Martin McDonagh is one of the top playwrights to have emerged in the 1990's."—Daily Mail
 
 
 
 
 

New Republic
...THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE...is clearly the product of a major writer. Indeed, on the basis of this play alone, I am willing to make the rash claim that McDonagh is destined to be one of the theatrical luminaries of the twenty-first century.
NY Observer
Mr. McDonagh...[is] like a young version of Synge in exile whose voice, worn with sorrow and savage humor, owes a debt to Synge's ...THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE is a gothic dark comedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413707307
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/05/1996
Series:
Modern Classics Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
733,054
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >