EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the December 15, 2015 Baltimore Sun Review of Outside Mullingar by Tim Smith
"Outside Mullingar," the slender, tender John Patrick Shanley play set in rain-soaked rural Ireland now at Everyman Theatre, gives old issues of love and family a fresh shake. There's a wee sprinkle of something rather fanciful (or even blarney-full) in the process, too, and that ensures a quality all the more endearing. Make that heartwarming.
If you usually shy away from any theatrical experience that generates the description "heartwarming," make an exception for this one.
Everyman has provided a terrific Baltimore premiere for "Outside Mullingar." The sensitive staging makes it a pleasure getting to know four distinctly drawn characters dealing with assorted secrets, worries, grudges and dreams.
Shanley mixes together all the resentment and expectation in these folks to get at some meaty stuff about parents and their children; about the way some people take longer than others to find, let alone understand, love.
The construction of the play delivers a satisfying sequence of emotional payoffs and enough surprises, along with colorfully nuanced language, to keep the inevitable denouement from turning anticlimactic.
Getman and Hylton spar and soften to equally delightful effect. Both portrayals are natural in gesture, rich in detail (the far-away look in Getman's eyes speaks volumes). And both actors make the most of the comic touches in the script.
Hedman does subtly powerful work as Aiofe (she and Getman offer the most vibrant Irish accents). As Tony, Love gives a commanding performance, dispensing put-downs with zest and, in the most touching scene, revealing the old man's keen awareness of time and regret. Tony's crucial question to Anthony — "Am I proud of you too late?" — is delivered with a poignancy that hits home hard.
Director Donald Hicken guides the action seamlessly, a quality that also marks Daniel Ettinger's set, with its gliding walls and super-detailed rooms. The costumes (Ben Argenta Kress) and sound design (Phillip Owen) add greatly to the experience.
If bits of the plot to "Outside Mullingar" don't persuade, the total picture is an awfully satisfying fusion of humor and insight, underlined with as much finesse as heart in Everyman's gem of a production.