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In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. For Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. And as news of his audacity ripples through his rumor-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order. Praise for Martin McDonagh:"[McDonagh is] exuberantly nervy and talented....[He] could be...the most original, seriously pertinent Irish playwright in years."
---Vincent Canby, The New York TimesMr. McDonagh is destined to be one of the theatrical luminaries of the 21st century.
--The New Republic"The youngest dramatist ever to have four productions staged in the same season in London....McDonagh is a rare talent."
--Time Out"He knows how to twist a plot, how to reveal personality through gesture, and how to bring the set into play."
--The New Yorker