Playhouse to close season with "Behanding"

Staff report


The Youngstown Playhouse brings its 2012-13 season to a close with the black comedy “A Behanding in Spokane” by award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh.

Part of the Griffith-Adler Actors Series, this production is directed by Susi Thompson and will take place in the Moyer Room.

This politically incorrect thriller follows a racist psychotic played by Tom O’Donnell, who threatens to kill two small-time crooks (played by Courtney Auman and Timothy Thomas) unless they return his missing hand as promised.

In the midst of this merry savagery is Mervyn (David El’Hatton), the hotel manager who apparently suffers from a serious case of death wish.

Unlike McDonagh’s previous plays, including “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” “Behanding” is set in small-town America rather than Ireland.

“A Behanding In Spokane” runs for one weekend only. It opens tonight and runs through Sunday. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Sunday (this is a change from previously announced dates due to cast conflicts). Call the box office at 330-788-8739 for reservations, or purchase (and print) tickets online at

This show is rated R for language and is for adults.

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