Digging the dark comedy
A Skull in Connemara Blue Room Theatre Thursday, Aug. 7 Plays through Aug. 24
“Under the surface” is actually the key to the whole play. The town of Leenane is sad and dying, and constantly digging up its graves after seven years to make way for more dead, and digging up the past in the process. Charged with this gruesome duty is the saddest of them all, Mick Dowd. Rob Wilson does a wonderful job as the brooding, drunk gravedigger who must soon unearth the remains of the wife he killed seven years earlier while driving drunk, and in the process unearth his own life of pain, anger and regret.
Ken Janke (as the soccer hooligan-ish Mairtin Hanlon), and Lorna Bridges (as the bingo-addicted drunk Maryjohnny Rafferty) are equally incredible as they weave to and fro along with the rest of the town.
Funny and dark, as promised. I can’t wait to see it again.