Thursday, March 4, 2010

“A Behanding in Spokane” at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

“A Behanding in Spokane” is enfant terrible Martin McDonagh's first play to be set in America, and stars Christopher Walken, the one celebrity who would seem the perfect fit for the Tarantino-of-the-stage's mix of startling menace and hilarious absurdity. But the multiple Tony-nominated and Academy Award-winning Irishman's latest project—despite the presence of always finely tuned Walken and a nothing less than revelatory Sam Rockwell—is minor McDonagh. And that's being generous. Without those two tent-pole presences holding it up, “Behanding” would fold like a cheap house of cards.

To read the rest of my review visit The House Next Door at Slant Magazine.

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