The Lonesome West

by Martin McDonagh

May 19, 2006 - June 17, 2006
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Outstanding Production
Outstanding Director - Scott Yarbrough
Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role - Tim True

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.


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 Scott Yarbrough'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 Scott Yarbrough 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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Photos by Owen Carey