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The Cripple of Inishmaan - Acting Edition Paperback – October 1, 1998
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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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 grazing 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.
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The play often seem unreal; however, I had to realize it was 1934. By today's standards life would be boring; life then was simple, and perhaps, not all that bad. A sad play with a moral.
I did see the play after reading the book. I especially enjoyed the post-play discussion with friends. I felt I had more insight having read the book.
Not quite as intense or unpredictable as "The Beauty Queen of Leenane", McDonagh's other play twice on Broadway.