ITG: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (29 March – 2 April ’11)

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a 1996 black comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a darkly comedic tragedy by Martin McDonagh. Critically acclaimed, it premiered in 1996 as a co-production of the Druid Theatre/Royal Court Theatre moving to New York in 1998 and garnering multiple awards on both sides of the pond.

The play tells the story of two women, mother and daughter, caught up in a claustrophobic relationship. But who is the manipulator and who will win in their struggle for power. The catalyst that will lead to the shocking conclusion is the entrance of a man into the life of the daughter Maureen. Maureen wants the man and the mother, Mag, wants things to remain the same.