A Behanding in Spokane April 2010

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A man in search of his hand – cut off 30 years ago. A lone stranger in a skanky hotel room and two youngsters who are in over their heads and end up being held at gunpoint because they promised something they can’t deliver.

It’s a bit of a convoluted story, its surreal quality lending depth and even fright to the characters on stage. To keep the tension going there is no intermission, just sort of, when the concierge of the hotel addresses the audience in front of the extra ratty (made for the play) curtain. That is the only bit that is a little distracting. But Christopher Walken is definitely brilliant, menacing, threatening, yet somehow vulnerable as the strange one handed man trying to find his missing limb. You almost feel really sorry for him – almost – until he ties up the young couple and reveals the contents of his only piece of luggage. It’s creepy, it’s funny, it’s absolutely brilliant and Walken is absolutely fantastic in the lead.

Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh’s A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE also stars stage and screen stars Sam Rockwell, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan (yes, Elia is her grandfather) and plays a strict 16-week engagement only.


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