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Backyard’s ‘Beauty Queen’ will re-team actors in mother-daughter roles

Posted on AllSides June 21st, 2024
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Less than a year after battling as mother and daughter in Backyard Renaissance Theatre’s production of Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County,” Deborah Gilmour Smyth and Jessica John are at odds again, this time in Martin McDonagh’s dark and dysfunction-cursed play “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” In the Backyard production of McDonagh’s 1996 play, the first in his “Leenane Trilogy” set in a County Galway village, Gilmour Smyth portrays ailing and cantankerous Mag, the 70-year-old mother of middle-aged spinster daughter Maureen, played by John. Theirs is a relationship fraught with anger,...

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