Preview: Ireland's Druid Brings 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' to UMS in March

By Encore Michigan Staff

Druid, the famed theater company from Galway, Ireland, which made its acclaimed UMS debut in 2011 with The Cripple of Inishmaan, returns with a new production of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

As tragically funny as it is horrific, this brilliantly subversive play takes place in an economically depressed Irish village in the early 1990s, with a vicious and relentless war of wills between a manipulative, aging mother, Mag, and her plain and lonely 40-year-old daughter, Maureen. After years of caring for her ungrateful mother, Maureen has little hope of happiness or escape, especially after Mag ruins her first, and perhaps only, chance of a loving relationship. This is confrontational theater at its most potent, with characters locked in mortal combat and mutual loathing. Mother-daughter dysfunction was never so thrilling or chilling.

This new production casts Marie Mullen in the role of the scheming mother; she won a Tony Award for the role of the daughter in the 1996 Broadway production.

There will be an Artist Q&A after the Thursday, March 9, performance.

Performances take place at the Power Center March 9 through March 11. Tickets are available online at http://ums.org.

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