The Cripple of Inishmaan | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 1 2012
Price: $15-$30
Martin McDonagh deftly balances sentiment and cruelty in this Irish-gothic folktale about an orphan who longs to escape the Aran Islands village where his gossipy, hardhearted neighbors know him as Cripple Billy. Filled with unexpected twists and characters who can't stop telling and revising stories, the play at once satirizes and celebrates the grand Irish tradition of making shit up. It would've been easy for director Kimberly Senior to go the quaint-and-colorful route. But she and her cast avoid turning the townsfolk into merry blarney peddlers, thus preserving the script's dry humor and unpredictability. Jack Magaw's stone-cottage set strikes just the right note, managing to look stark and cozy at the same time. —Zac Thompson



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