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Ken Webster and Mical Trejo in HPT's production of A Behanding in Spokane. Photo by Bret Brookshire.


Hyde Park Theatre presents

A Behanding in Spokane
Martin McDonagh

directed by
Ken Webster

April 28-May 28, 2011

Reservations 479-PLAY or buy tickets online.

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A couple of big fat raves already in for Martin McDonagh's savagely funny A Behanding in Spokane:

"You'll find yourself laughing, gasping, even, all the way through . . .[Aaron] Alexander delivers a near-perfect performance . . [The set is] a seedy, decaying, urban work of art. . . .[Ken] Webster has made his theatre's reputation with small-cast, small-set plays, and this production, with its fully realized design and tight ensemble cast, is an excellent example of why he's been so successful."
- Austin Chronicle

"You will laugh your heiny off at this show. . . [Ken] Webster as Carmichael--a dude who has spent decades looking for his missing hand--is, as ever, wry and dry and hilarious. . . Mical Trejo just about steals the show as a bitter and annoyed hotel receptionist."
- Spike Gillespie

See for yourself in this brief tasty trailer courtesy of Eric Graham:

"A Behanding In Spokane" at Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, TX from Eric Graham on Vimeo.

Hyde Park Theatre continues its love affair with the black comedies of the brilliant young Irish playwright Martin McDonagh with A Behanding in Spokane. The New York Times called the play "perfect, demented, ecstatic, and imaginative." "Wildly entertaining . . . truly explosive," said The Daily News. The Wall Street Journal said, "You'll spend 90 minutes laughing nonstop."

In Behanding, Carmichael's 40-year search for his missing left hand brings him to a small-town motel where he encounters a bizarre hotel clerk and a small-time con-artist couple who claim to have the hand.

A Behanding in Spokane features Aaron Alexander, Michelle Keffer, Mical Trejo, and Austin Arts Hall of Fame member Ken Webster, who also directs.

Austin critics called HPT's 2008 production of McDonagh's The Lonesome West "witty, engaging, intense, and wickedly funny" and "utterly hilarious." HPT's 2007 production of McDonagh's The Pillowman sold out every performance during an unprecedented three extensions; Austin critics called it "utterly compelling," "an excellent production of an immensely challenging and strikingly brilliant play," and "one fascinating, entertaining night of theatre that we can't recommend highly enough." Those productions were also directed by Ken Webster.

McDonagh won an Academy Award for Best Short Film for Six Shooter and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges.

PLEASE NOTE: The play contains profanity, violence, and adult situations. It is recommended for mature audiences.

The show runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, April 28 - May 28, 2011. Every Thursday is Pay What You Can Night; Friday, and Saturday tickets are $19 ($17 for students, seniors, and ACOT members), except for the final weekend (May 26-28), when ticket are $21 ($19 for students, seniors, and ACOT members). For reservations call 479-PLAY (7529) or buy tickets online..

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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