Now Playing: Play From Oscar-Nominated Director Blends Humor and Darkness

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane” takes place in a tiny Irish town and was the first play from playwright-turned-director Martin McDonagh.

Click the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio.

Chuk Nowak

A new play filled with a dark sense of humor is now being staged at the Detroit Public Theatre.

It’s called The Beauty Queen of Leenane and it was written by Martin McDonagh — a Golden Globe-winning writer, director and playwright who recently wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.

CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper speaks with Andrew Borba, the show’s director, about what audience members can expect.

“[Beauty Queen] takes place in the ‘90s…though you would never know because it’s [set] on the very western part of Ireland. In a very tiny town,” Borba says.

For Sarah Clare Corporandy, the play’s lead actress, Beauty Queen has “a lot of wonderful humor. And then a lot of darkness. I personally think this is one of the great… plays of our time.”  

Tickets are available here

Click on the audio player above to hear more about the play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, which is now showing at the Detroit Public Theatre. 


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