The Cripple of Inishmaan

Centenary Stage Company premiered the Tony Award winning playwright Martin McDonagh's dark comedy of the bleak life in rural Ireland in 1934,"The Cripple of Inishmaan."

The play is set during a real life event, on the island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland in 1934. Which was the year when American filmmaker Robert Flaherty arrived on a nearby island to film the real life documentary "Man of Aran."

Martin McDonagh uses this to create this fictional play about the locals being inspired to dream of Hollywood. Focussing in particular on Billy, a cripple who dreams of escaping the small island where he is mocked and ridiculed to prove to everyone he is more than just a Cripple, and perhaps win the heart of a girl.

"Mark Byrne is excellent as Babbybobby. Byrne plays him with a combination of shyness and rage."

- Morris Beats

Other Reviews

NJ.com - Rare mix: absurdity and humanity coexist in 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

NJ.com - 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' blends humor and pathos at Centenary Stage Company

Talkin' Broadway - Martin McDonagh's Quirky Take on The Cripple of Inishmaan -

Examiner - Review: Centenary Stage's excellent 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

  • The nosy town gossip Johnnypateenmike (David Edwards) wants to know why Babbybobby (Mark Byrne) is fixing his boat. 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'. {Photo by Bob Eberle}
  • Babbybobby (Mark Byrne) tells the local town gossip Johnnypateenmike (David Edwards) in no uncertain terms to mind his own business in 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'. {Photo by Bob Eberle}
  • David Edwards as Johnnypateenmike, Kathleen Huber as Mammy, and Mark Byrne as Babbybobby in The Cripple of Inishmaan at Centenary Stage Company
  • Babbybobby (Mark Byrne) reads Billy the Cripple's (Tom Morin) doctor's note. {Photo by Bob Eberle}
  • Billy the Cripple's (Tom Morin) tries to convince Babbybobby (Mark Byrne) for a ride on his boat. {Photo by Bob Eberle}
  • The nosy town gossip Johnnypateenmike (David Edwards) wants to know why Babbybobby (Mark Byrne) is fixing his boat. 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'. {Photo by Bob Eberle}
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