Emotions smolder in powerful 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'

Review

Emotions smolder in powerful 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'

May 9 2011
Christine Dolen | Miami Herald

Fifteen years ago, the theater world gained a dazzling new voice. Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane debuted the playwright's blend of confrontational comedy, melancholy-infused drama and shocking violence. Audiences have been devouring his striking work ever since... The new production at Palm Beach Dramaworks showcases the playwright's gift for planting secrets that detonate to wound the soul, as well as his keen ear for the back-and-forth of a toxic relationship. Director William Hayes and a killer cast... deliver a potent version of the play, mixing unexpected tenderness, the possibility of hope and cruel tragedy. ...Bradshaw and Brazda are equally matched combatants, aggrieved victims one minute, victimizers the next. Kelly's Pato is a simple, compassionate charmer, and the actor's delivery of a monologue offering a life to Maureen would tempt any woman to say "yes." So, too, should anyone who appreciates powerful theatrical storytelling say "yes" to Dramaworks' The Beauty Queen of Leenane.