Inside the 2014 Tony Award Nominees: Best Play

Outside-Mullingar

Image Credit: Joan Marcus

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Outside Mullingar

Opened: Jan. 23, 2014

Closed: March 16, 2014

Starring: Brian F. O’Byrne, Debra Messing, Dearbhla Molloy, Peter Maloney

Directed by: Doug Hughes

Written by: John Patrick Shanley

Synopsis: Introverted misfits Anthony (O’Bryne) and Rosemary (Messing) are pushing 40. Anthony has lived his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland with next-door neighbor Rosemary pining for him for years. She vows to create a connection between them despite the land feuds that loom between their families.

EW review: “Messing acquits herself well in her Broadway debut. Though she seems ill at ease through the first half of the show, too aware of the audience and of the effort to keep up her accent, she settles in toward the end when she’s able to deploy her gifts for physical comedy honed on eight seasons of Will & Grace. O’Byrne, a Shanley veteran who originated the priest role in his 2004 play Doubt, is on surer footing throughout, with a soulfulness borne of a thousand petty (and not so petty) slights.” B –Thom Geier

Tony nominations:  1 — Best Play

Odds on winning: A distant long shot.

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