I was a little afraid to see The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Riverwalk's Black Box -- because I'd had such trouble following The Cripple of Inishmaan, also by Martin McDonagh, at MSU's Arena due to fast-paced thick Irish accents. In this case, however, the story triumphed over the dialect. First time director John Roche led an excellent quartet of actors through this funny but tragic tale, and after about a page of getting used to the rhythms and speech patterns, the heart of the story took over. These articulate actors made the dialect a natural part of getting to know these people. I don't want to include any "spoilers" about the plot, so I'll just say Joseph Mull is adorably clueless, Jan Lockwood is an insidious insult to Mother's Day, you'll fall in love with Blake Bowen, and Abby Murphy will break your heart. The show has been close to selling out, so make a reservation and come early for best "general admission" seating -- three more shows Fri/Sat at 8 and Sunday at 2 - 482-5700 - www.riverwalktheatre.com $12/$10
Read more about Jane and the creation of the G.L.U.T. on the "About G.L.U.T." page.