by Kathleen Clark, directed by Jeanmarie Collins. Featuring Lauren Cantrell, Jessica Clark, and Tammy Killian.
Birmingham News Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Four out of five stars
From the moment brothers Austin and Lee meet in their mother’s kitchen in Sam Shepard’s “True West,” you know all is not right with this family dynamic.
Austin, an Ivy League grad who is house-sitting in the Hollywood hills while mom’s in Alaska, is putting the finishing touches on a script that he is this close to selling to a powerful agent. Ne’er-do-well Lee is a thief by trade, and he’s hoping to find some houses nearby to burglarize. There is, to say the least, some tension, and it only gets worse in City Equity Theatre’s solid production running through Sunday at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
Crew succeeds in unique comedy
By Mary Colurso
Birmingham News staff writer
May 21, 2007
“The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Presented by City Equity Theatre
Through June 3
Alabama School of Fine Arts
4 out of 5 stars
Two distinct types of comedy run through “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” a 1997 play by Martin McDonagh, performed here by City Equity Theatre.
First we have the traditional twinkle of a folk tale set in the Aran Islands, off the coast of Ireland.
But don’t go expecting leprechauns or a hidden pot of gold. There’s a streak of gallows humor underlying McDonagh’s plot, darkening the storyline and rendering any joy bittersweet.