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Irish Classical Theatre Company presents ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

In a claustrophobic kitchen in the mountains of County Galway, two women exchange poisonous barbs like scorpions under a bowl, trying their best to draw blood. A couple of crickets wander briefly into their toxic web, which only antagonizes them further, until finally the dark idea that’s been on their minds the whole time becomes a reality.

That in a vague nutshell is the horrifying premise of Martin McDonagh’s play “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” which opens Friday in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.) in a production directed by Vincent O’Neill and starring Josephine Hogan and Kristen Tripp Kelley as the scorpions and Chris Kelly and Adam Yellen as the crickets.

“This work by Martin McDonagh, one of the most explosive and emulated talents on the contemporary Irish theater scene, is truly visceral,” O’Neill said in a statement. “Its unique juxtaposition of unimaginable cruelty and violence with macabre and genuinely funny humor is nothing short of insidious, with raw emotion seething just below the surface.”

Tickets are $15 to $39, with more info available at 853-4282 or

– Colin Dabkowski

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