The Lonesome West

The Lonesome West

by Martin McDonagh, Patrick Lonergan
     
 

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Martin McDonagh is the most controversial Irish dramatist working today, with his explorations of Irish national identity that look at the darker side of provincial life. His bleak but blackly comic portrayal of modern, rural Ireland courts debate with its dark farce, caricatures of violence and barbarism, and an exaggerated, poeticized dialect of

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Martin McDonagh is the most controversial Irish dramatist working today, with his explorations of Irish national identity that look at the darker side of provincial life. His bleak but blackly comic portrayal of modern, rural Ireland courts debate with its dark farce, caricatures of violence and barbarism, and an exaggerated, poeticized dialect of Hiberno-English.

Editorial Reviews

The Sunday Times of London

A powerful writer of staying power and an individual talent within a powerful tradition.
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

Daily Telegraph

Combines manic energy and physical violence in a way that is both hilarious and viscerally exciting.
Irish Times

One of the great events of the contemporary Irish theatre.
Sunday 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408125762
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Series:
Student Editions Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(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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