Irish actors Rosaleen Linehan and Dearbhla Molloy, who were both nominated for the Tony Award for their performance in Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa, will conclude their reunion in another Irishman's show - Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan. The West Coast premiere opened Oct. 28 and runs through Nov. 22 at the Geffen Playhouse.
Joe Dowling, former artistic director of Dublin's Abbey Theatre and current head of The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, directs a cast that also includes L.A.-based actors J.D. Cullum, Thomas MacGreevy, Paul O'Brien, Barbara Tarbuck and Max Wright (Twelfth Night), among others.
Set in 1934 on one of the three Aran Islands off the West Coast of Ireland, Inishmaan is a quirky comic tale that dramatizes the effect upon the islanders of the nearby filming of the classic film - Robert Flaherty's Man of Aran, a documentary about the local fishermen. As word spreads that Flaherty is coming from Hollywood, the young cripple Billy spots his chance to escape from his doldrum existence and impress a local beauty.
Inishmaan, by the author of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, runs through Nov. 22 at the Geffen Playhouse, For tickets ($25-$40) or more information, call (310) 208 5454.
-- By Sean McGrath