Martin McDonagh, the author of acclaimed plays including "A Skull in Connemara," "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" and "The Pillowman", as well as the movies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, is an exceptional writer, says Shotgun Players member Beth Wilmurt, who has been performing in the Bay Area for 25 years. She plays Maureen Folan in McDonagh's play "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" at the Marin Theatre Company.
Ed Smith Joy Carlin and Beth Wilmurt in Martin McDonagh's 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane,' directed by Mark Jackson
"Rhythmically, he's amazing, and his wit and humor are so strong," she said. "There's this fine line between drama and comedy, but it's not even that he's going back and forth from comedy to drama -- it's like a constant mash up."
Joy Carlin, who plays Mag Folan, Maureen's manipulative mother in the play, agrees.
"For me he's like an Irish Clifford Odets," she said. "His language is beautiful and poetic. It's also the structure of the play, which is so tight. It's really interesting working on this play."More »