Sour and dour souls

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 7, 2013

His brother Pato Dooley (Steve Kidd) provides the possibility of a changed life for Maureen. He calls her the Beauty Queen of Leenane, flirting with her when he brings her back after a rare get-together she attended. Maureen, who has only been kissed twice in the last 20 years, understandably hopes for romance. Kidd plays Pato as kindly and thoroughly sincere, so we're not afraid she'll be taken advantage of. No, the danger is in her inflating her hopes out of reasonable proportion.

So you see how many sources of tension overlay the story. Will love rescue Maureen from a life of resentful obedience? Will the festering mass of bitterness within Mag grow or subside? Will Maureen stir her own cauldron of toil and trouble to the boiling point? There is a twist or two in store for the conclusion, and they are as plausible as they are surprising.

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