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The Beauty Queen of Leenane
     

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh
 

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This Student Edition of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a

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This Student Edition of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history.

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 spinster in her early forties, and Mag her devilishly manipulative ageing mother whose interference in Maureen's first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as gothically funny as it is horrific. Maureen might long for the romance that will spirit her away, but if she goes, who will stir the lumps out of Mag's Complan?

The Beauty Queen of Leenane was first presented as a Druid Theatre/Royal Court Theatre co-production in January 1996. An instant classic from its first performance, The Beauty Queen of Leenane established Martin McDonagh as the natural successor to Oscar Wilde and Joe Orton. The Oscar and Bafta-winning writer's other films and plays include In Bruges and The Pillowman.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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“(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 turns 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

The Guardian

(McDonagh) offers all the familiar delights of farce and melodrama, while at the same time offering a powerful critique of contemporary Ireland.
The Times (of London)

A richly human illustration of that tragicomic paradox. If it wasn't so funny it would be squalid.
Daily Telegraph

The dramatic tension McDonagh creates is brilliantly sustained, while the sudden twists and turns of the plot elicit genuine gasps of surprise from the audience.
Sunday Daily Mail

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408173831
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/25/2013
Series:
Student Editions Series
Edition description:
Student
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
749,705
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Martin McDonagh's first play The Beauty Queen of Leenane was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2003, his play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre and received the 2004 Olivier Award. In 2006, Martin McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter.

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