The Cripple of Inishmaan
Druid’s production of the Cripple of Inishmaan, currently running at the Olympia, is an off screen illustration of why playwright turned director Martin McDonagh was so hailed and hyped long before he moved to movies. This is a dark, grim and blackly comic staging of this 11-year-old play, set in the 1930s but with a self-awareness that resonates in the present. Aaron Monaghan plays the eponymous cripple with fitting dignity, while the rest of this stellar cast tread the line between dark and light with admirable skill. My only complaint related to sound levels, with some of the dialogue lost to my delicate (read damaged) ears. Whether this was down to the acoustics at the Olympia or poor amplification, it did detract from somewhat from an otherwise positive experience. Jokes are never funny when they’re repeated, and even less so for other theatre-goers. Anyone see it?