By David Sheward Mar. It just seems as if McDonagh picked a spot on a map of the U. The resultant blood-soaked dish is wildly uneven, with gaping holes in its logic. However, there are some wildly funny moments. In addition, because the psycho is played by Christopher Walken and the play is strongly directed by John Crowley, who staged "The Pillowman" with incisiveness and precision, "Spokane" is a bracing example of what a crackerjack star and helmer can do with a mediocre script.

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For me, I am not offended by the C-word Cracker , but the repetitiveness of the F-word, the M-F word, the N-word, the lack of wit and the lack of coherence in the script and direction bored me. I felt responsible for bringing her and deeply ashamed. Although the script has been properly vetted for Seattle audiences by those authorities provincials hold in esteem, the New York Critics, I saw little value in the script and the direction was under par. Mostly I was bored, but observant enough to notice all the logical inconsistencies in the script.

For example, at one point two petty drug dealers are hand-cuffed to a radiator within reach of a telephone and a window, while the hostage taker leaves the room.

Rather than breaking the window or making a phone call, they do everything to avoid actually getting out of the situation. When the phone rings they answer it. Also the basic premise of the play seemed flawed. Why would a violent neanderthal red-neck, who still loves his mother, look for his severed hand for 27 years rather than take revenge on the gang who severed it?

Critics always sit at the back to see if the actors can be heard and to ascertain whether the sightlines are O. I initially missed a major plot point, which was expressed visually, because the audience in front of me blocked my vision. The production seemed a waste of talent for the four excellent actors who played the roles, and in such a small space the shouting made me feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, many of the people in the audience laughed at jokes and applauded strenuously Mechanical Bull.

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A Behanding in Spokane: Abridged

Broadway is Expensive. Times Square is a pain to walk through. And that jerk in front of you is going to give a standing ovation to a reading of the telephone book. Why bother? A knock on the door. Is it.

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