“Surely Ireland can’t be such a bad place so if people want to see plays about it.” | Avoiding sharper critique of stage Irishry, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN on Broadway lacks force, authenticity

A great production of CRIPPLE (Druid 2011) can still work. But a merely serviceable rendition highlights the serious dramatic flaws and dead air in McDonagh’s juvenile script. Key Irish context missing. Radcliffe’s voice not big enough. Clichéd, “me lovely Oireland” background music evokes unintentional laughs, memories of FAR AND AWAY.

Thru July 30