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BWW Interview: 'Inside' Mullingar With Peter Maloney

"Part of the play is based on that fact that we don't tell each other what we really feel. And repressed feelings eventually blow up. Feelings will erupt like a volcano," he said.

"One of the reasons this play is successful is because in our modern day's world of entertainment, we live in constant exposure to self-reference and irony and cynicism," he said. "This is a play told without irony or cynicism. There's a directness about the characters and sweetness to the play that's not sugar-coated, yet the play is unbelievably tender and sweet.

"Audiences haven't experienced this in a long time. It's like we went back to some deep story telling."

Maloney was a last-minute replacement to the cast, which was already rehearsing when he came on board. "I had very little time to prepare, and I worked day and night to learn the lines. I'm a character actor and generally would play one scene or maybe two in a play. This is for me a very large role and I didn't have to do much research on the character," he said. "I just thought of my father.

"Coming into the play later was good in the sense that it didn't give me the time to think about how daunting and hard it was. I learned that I'm capable of such a thing. Theater is like being a trapeze artist."

Fortunately, audiences have been wildly enthusiastic throughout the play, and no one has taken a tumble. "It's a near perfect work of art," Maloney said, "and I'm thrilled to be part of it."

Outside Mullingar is playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. (between Broadway & Eighth Avenue)

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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