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John Patrick Shanley Discovers Ireland

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

John Patrick Shanley has finally gotten in touch with his Irish roots and the result is a delightfully funny, touching, and thoroughly enjoyable play titled Outside Mullingar that deals with life, love, and the land in the Irish Midlands.

Outside Mullingar: An Irish Good Time

Danny Groner | Posted 03.25.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

The new play from Patrick Shanley, Outside Mullingar, covers some familiar themes of love, family, old age, and the ups and downs that come with the combination of the three. But where this story rises above others is in how packed it is with humor that both delight the audience and endear the characters to one another.

Aisle View: Moonstruck in the Old Country

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Recent seasons have seen a dependable stream of first-rate Irish plays making their way to Broadway and off. The newest hails not from the old country but from Bronx-born scribe John Patrick Shanley. Outside Mullingar is one of those generations-of-country-folk-on-the-old-farm plays, and it's dandy.

Jake's New Bromance

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — Jake Gyllenhaal and Brian F. O'Byrne don't seem to have too much in common. One is a 45-year-old Tony Award-winning Irish-born chara...

Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cathleen Falsani

The big-screen incarnation of Doubt may be even more powerful than the play, particularly given the eerie similarities it bears to a very real drama that has unfolded in the Archdiocese of Chicago.