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Theatre Review: ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

(Cast of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" includes, L-R, Charlie DelMarcelle, Megan Bellwoar, and Mary Martello.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

(Cast of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” includes, L-R, Charlie DelMarcelle, Megan Bellwoar, and Mary Martello. Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia-based Lantern Theater Company is creating quite a sensation with its current production of Martin McDonaugh’s Tony award-winning satire, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.”

What we have here is a series of prolonged feuds between mother and daughter in a small rural community in Western Ireland.

While the family’s married sisters are living elsewhere, the mother is close to helpless in prolonged skirmishes with the ailing stay-at-home daughter.

Not even the local priest is above reproach, the town’s moral state having driven him to drink.

Most of the conversations are heavy with curses and insults, and one central character appears as a positive note although the melodrama has a grim conclusion.

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane” has been extended through February 10th at the Lantern Theater Company‘s resident home in St. Stephen’s Theatre, 10th & Ludlow Streets, in center city Philadelphia.

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