(And on off-nights, come see Three from FronteraFest.)

photo from The Lonesome West at HPT

Jude Hickey and Benjamin Summers in The Lonesome West, February and March 2008 at HPT.

Hyde Park Theatre


The Lonesome West

written by
Martin McDonagh

directed by
Ken Webster

February 28 - March 29, 2008

Reservations 479-PLAY


Another rave has rolled in, this one from the Austin Chronicle, which called the show "witty, engaging, intense, and wickedly funny" and said that "The combination of riveting drama and black humor is what has made McDonagh one of today's most celebrated playwrights; Webster's direction is part of what makes him one of the most celebrated theatre artists in Austin." Read the whole review right here.

Another update: get an excellent taste of The Lonesome West plus comments from the director on KUT's Arts Eclectic.

Update: The Austinst calls The Lonesome West "utterly hilarious," says the acting is "outstanding," and praises director Ken Webster for his "excellent taste in material and tremendous skill in directing his performers. The set and special effects kick ass, too." Read the whole review here -- and check out the excellent Statesman review as well.

The folks who brought you Martin McDonagh's award-winning critical and box-office smash The Pillowman are at it again.

HPT is proud to present the Austin premiere of Martin McDonagh's savagely funny comedy, The Lonesome West, featuring Jude Hickey, Benjamin Summers, Tyler Jones, and Victoria Sutherland, and directed by Ken Webster.

In the Irish backwater of Leenane, two brothers live to torment each other, quarreling over everything from potato chips to a sexy teenage bootlegger to what kind of hors d'oeurves to have at their father's funeral. Father Welsh, the gloomy and tipsy parish priest, tries to prevent their sibling rivalry from exploding as it must into a hilarious and brutal climax.

This production of The Lonesome West reunites director Ken Webster (B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Director for The Pillowman) and actor Jude Hickey (B. Iden Payne Award nominee for The Pillowman) on another Martin McDonagh play. The Austin Chronicle said of that production "Few plays can make one actually gasp out loud in astonishment. McDonagh's work manages it every time."

The Lonesome West was nominated for a Tony as best play on Broadway, McDonagh's third Best Play nomination.

McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film, "Six Shooter," and is the writer and director of the current film In Bruges. He is the only playwright since Shakespeare to have four shows running simultaneously in London's West End.

The Lonesome West runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, February 28 - March 29, 2008 Tickets are $17 ($15 for students, seniors, and ACOT members) on Fridays and Saturdays. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can. Call 479-PLAY for reservations, or purchase tickets online.

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