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A Skull in Connemara

Centerstage
700 North Calvert Street Baltimore

In a flyspeck of a town in Ireland’s fabled West, four lonely, lovable misfits dig for the truth—and get so much more. This sidesplitting yarn conjures a macabre mystery packed with merriment, mayhem, and might-be murder that is as full of twists as a shillelagh and as haunting as a whistle in a graveyard.

Thru - Mar 4, 2012



Price: $15 - $45

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Running Time: 1 hr, 45 mins with 1 intermission

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  Review Round-Up

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

Though Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara, is set in Leenane, Ireland, it’s hard not to think of a front yard in Hampden during Halloween. In Todd Rosenthal’s set for CenterStage, the grey (plastic) headstones stick up at awkward angles, creating a cheap Hollywood gothic. Then the lights go down, and as they do, the gravestones start to look real, and the shadows add a weird dimension: a drab palette of exhaustion.
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John Barry


Baltimore Sun - Highly Recommended

"... With its decidedly original characters and situations, not to mention bone-crushing wit, “A Skull in Connemara” leaves a lasting mark."
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Tim Smith


City Paper - Recommended

"...In all his plays, McDonagh likes to stretch the bounds of plausibility without breaking them, and it does seem unlikely that Mick would tolerate Mairtin’s exceedingly personal insinuations for as long as he does. But we accept his strange forbearance, because we’re in the exotic milieu of a midnight exhumation. We accept it because it seems only a slightly exaggerated depiction of a male culture where insults are used as tests of friendship and as shields against emotional disclosure. We accept it because Mick has spent a lifetime at such exchanges, while Mairtin is new at the game—and the older man is about to teach the younger one a lesson in boundaries."
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Geoffrey Himes


MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...A Skull in Connemara is a smashing success of a dark and dreary comedy with poignant moments of sobering reality sliding between the skulls."
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Amanda Gunther


ExploreHoward - Recommended

"...The playwright gleefully gets in his, er, digs here. There are many jokes involving the men digging up graves and then holding up the skulls of people they once knew."
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Mike Giuliano



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