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.
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.