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The Lonesome West
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The Lonesome West
by Martin McDonagh
May 19, 2006 through June 17, 2006

Our third production moves from the absurd/global to the naturalistic/domestic - but don't count on things being any more peaceful as a result.

With Sam Shepard's True West, Neil Simon's The Odd Couple and J.M. Synge's Playboy of the Western World as points of reference, the play is a surprising and very funny look at the darker side of family.

Stephanie Gaslin
Michael O'Connell
John Steinkamp
Tim True
Director - Slayden Scott
Outstanding Production
Outstanding Director - Slayden Scott
Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role - Tim True

"Excellent - a play that makes the season worthwhile. Modern Irish absurdity presented with Third Rail's consistently high level of craftsmanship, a level of professionalism that should be Portland theatre's baseline, not its bar. Opening-night audience seemed one feckin' laugh track, though play's humor and humanity lay beyond lilting punch lines." - Followspot Blog

"[Third Rail's] small, stellar pool of actors always seems perfectly cast, despite playing wildly different characters every time . . . Watching this wonderful production of his wonderful play is like slipping into a hot bubble bath. The pain eases, the muscles relax, and a notion floats into the mind on a cloud of blissful relief: Yes. It can be done in Portland. It really can." - Portland Mercury

"McDonagh's masterly story invites you to come on in, take a cozy chair in between obstinacy and outright stupidity, and enjoy your stay. You will . . . Director Slayden Scott's small cast is superb . . . one of the most entertaining plays in Portland this season." - Portland Tribune

"Third Rail nails the rhythm of Martin McDonagh's dark Irish comedy The Lonesome West . . . the first local production that's caught the deadpan transgressiveness and hard-slamming beat of McDonagh's taboo-busting comic style . . . good theater is a seduction . . . and Portland's Third Rail Repertory Theatre is breathing hot and heavy with . . . [a] brawling, blackhearted new production of McDonagh's perverse comedy . . . True and Steinkamp . . . [are] a terrific physical match." - The Oregonian

"Director Slayden Scott has chosen Third Rail's first comedy well. The Lonesome West is about as ambitious as comedies come . . . It's a brilliant show... and definitely rises to the occasion." - Willamette Week

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