A Behanding in Spokane, written in 2010 by Academy Award Winner Martin McDonagh, who also directed films like In Bruges and most recently, Seven Psychopaths. A hilarious roller coaster of love, hate, desperation and hope, this is McDonagh's latest play that opened on Broadway in 2010 with Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell.
This is the first foray into an American setting for Mr. McDonagh, who made his name by gleefully translating the dark sensibility of film noir and Grand Guignol into tall tales of rural Ireland. The combination of a pastiche of rural Irish forms and a displaced urban sensibility gives his work a dark, violent and very funny edge.
Carmichael has been searching for his missing hand for seventeen years. Enter two bickering lovebirds with a hand to sell and an overly curious hotel clerk. The next one hour and fifteen minutes exhibit McDonagh's dark and playful view of the universe, offering compelling twists and turns - the kind of manoeuvres that only a gallon of gasoline and a malfunctioning Zippo can compel.
The play is directed by Kashin Shetty who in 2006, directed Confessions based on Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, which also won Kashin an Outstanding Supporting Actor Award at Thespo Bangalore in 2006.
On his second journey into the McDonagh world, Kashin reveals, 'The only plays I choose to direct are the ones that maintain some level of unpredictability. McDonagh is perhaps the only playwright I know that delivers that beautifully, and I respect him for that. That and the ability of making us laugh hysterically and cringe in our seats at the same time.'