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The Lonesome West

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The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh
 
Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father’s house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty arguments spiral into ...

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Overview

The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh
 
Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father’s house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty arguments spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.
 

Methuen Drama Modern Classics span the period in drama literature from the 1950s to present day. These are the most often taught plays in college and graduate studies and many Modern Classic editions feature an academic Introduction essay.

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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian (UK)
Mr. McDonagh's great strength is that he combines a love of traditional story-telling with the savage ironic humour of the modern generation...in the extraordinary THE LONESOME WEST, two brothers, one of whom has killed their father, are closeted together in undying hostility like a penned-up Cain and Abel.
Variety
THE LONESOME WEST...represents a leap forward in ambition and achievement for McDonagh...[it] offers...in-depth examination of character and is, in the end, a moving and complicated examination of redemption that might even offer a glimmer—a wee distant glimmer—of hope.
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“Combines manic energy and physical violence in a way that is both hilarious and viscerally exciting.” —Daily Telegraph

“One of the great events of the contemporary Irish theatre.”—Irish Times

“Martin McDonagh is both a powerful writer of staying power and an individual talent within a powerful tradition ... His is a voice you will want to hear again.”—Sunday Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822216667
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 1,041,097
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.20 (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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