EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the December 14, 2015 MD Theatre Guide Review of Outside Mullingar By April Forrer
Everyman Theatre’s third production of their 25th Anniversary season opened to a lobby bursting with traditional live Irish music and a full house. Outside Mullingar, written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Donald Hicken, brings Baltimore audiences a love letter straight from the Emerald Isle.
Outside Mullingar is a unique love story that is beautiful, endearing, quirky and not to be missed.
This four-person ensemble cast work well together. Each actor slips gently into his or her characters. They ably avoid sliding into exaggerated caricatures of small-town Irish sheep and cattle farmers with too-heavy accents. They are genuine, with a slight lilt of a gentle Irish brogue (Gary Logan, Dialects).
Hylton is almost physically unrecognizable with her shoulder length blond hair and clothes designed more for function than fashion. This is a big change from her turn as Elvira in Everyman’s production of Blithe Spirit, with both costumes perfectly designed by Ben Argenta Kress. Hylton captures Rosemary’s intense passion and frustration to perfection, so much so that and I found myself rooting for her from that first stomp.
Daniel Ettinger wows again with his set design. Rolling green hills are projected on a backdrop that splits down the middle to accommodate sliding set pieces that evoke the main focus of each scene. The first is a “bachelor” farmhouse kitchen, home to Anthony and Tony, with overloaded shelves and dirty dishes everywhere. The second is a makeshift porch attached to a tool shed, the third is Rosemary and Aoife’s clean and organized kitchen and the last is a roadside gate. The latter gate divides the two properties and blocks Anthony’s and Tony’s access to the main road (another point of contention between Anthony and Rosemary). Each one of these large set pieces slide down the stage from different directions and lock into place beautifully.
Jesse Belsky and Phillip Owen (Lighting Design and Sound Design/Music, respectively) brought magic to the stage with the ever-present Irish rain.