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Three Irish Widows versus The Rest of the World – Ed Malone – Off Broadway Theater Review

 

ADD TO YOUR "TO SEE" LIST OF IRISH PLAYS

 

picture - Three Irish Widows - Ed MaloneTheater Review

by Robert Choi 

published July 10, 2010 

 

Three Irish Widows versus The Rest of the World

now playing Off Broadway at the Singers Forum  

through August 26

 

Ed Malone sweats out a frenetic one-man performance as Mrs. Malone, her sister and her sister-in-law—the title characters of Three Irish Widows versus The Rest of the World. The widows tolerate the abuses of their oppressive husbands for decades. But after they're liberated by their husbands’ deaths – two caused by cancer and one a drunken car wreck – the widows begin a whirlwind journey spanning Europe, North America, and South Asia in search of better men. The Irish tripartite anchors over thirty other quirky characters you'll encounter during a fast-paced globetrot, all convincingly written and performed by Malone with Durkheimian intensity without the aid of any stage props. During its hour and a half running time, you'll follow the widows as they cross paths with Pat, the hairdresser, Tony, the travel agent, and a mysterious taxi driver, and witness all the sex in between. Some of the Irish cultural humor can be vague to non-Irish ears, but the deeper anti-caste themes and working-class trumpeting work well to keep everyone engaged. It’s a fun ride.

 

robertchoi @ stageandcinema.com

 

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