Dark and delightful “Cripple of Inishmaan” on stage at Curio

April 20, 2016


Peter Danelski as Billy (“the cripple”). Photo by Rebecca Gudelunas


The Curio Theatre Company will wrap up its 11th season with the dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh.

A Hollywood film crew invades the tiny island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland to shoot a documentary about the place and its people. We soon learn about the dark side of living on a blustery island with just a few hundred people can be like, especially for the gentle Billy (“the cripple”) who vies for a part in the documentary.

A production of The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway garnered a bunch of accolades in 2014 with Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe playing Billy. 

Philadelphia-based actor and director Josh Browns (you may have seen him onstage at Curio or the Walnut Street Theatre among many other locations) is directing the Curio production, which opens April 29. Preview performances will be staged on April 21, 22, 23 and 28 at 8 p.m., and the production runs through May 21.

Peter Danelski, who recently studied theatre for a spell in Dublin, plays Billy. The cast also includes Trice Baldwin as Eileen, Aetna Gallagher as Kate, Paul Kuhn as JohnnyPateenMike, Colleen Hughes as Helen, Robert Cutler as Doctor McSharry, Andrew Carroll as Bartley, Steve Carpenter as BabbyBobby, and Peggy Smith as Mammy.

Tickets are available here.

This will be the last time tickets bought during last year’s Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll can be used. They are good for preview performances only.

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