Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, (1/23/2014 - 3/16/2014)

First Preview: Jan 03, 2014
Opening Date: Jan 23, 2014
Closing Date: Mar 16, 2014
Total Previews: 22
Total Performances: 61

Category: Play, Romantic Comedy, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer)

Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer); MTC Artistic Producer: Mandy Greenfield

Written by John Patrick Shanley; Original Music by Fitz Patton

Directed by Doug Hughes; Associate Director: Alexander Greenfield

Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty; Costume Design by Catherine Zuber; Lighting Design by Mark McCullough; Sound Design by Fitz Patton; Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson; Associate Scenic Design: Kacie Hultgren; Associate Costume Design: Patrick Bevilacqua and Sean McCullough; Associate Lighting Design: Kenneth Wills; Lighting Programmer: John Wilson; Assistant Sound Design: Justin Stasiw

MTC General Manager: Florie Seery; Company Manager: Erin Moeller; MTC Associate General Manager: Lindsey Sag

Production Manager: Joshua Helman; Production Stage Manager: Winnie Y. Lok; Stage Manager: Carlos Maisonet

Dialect Coach: Stephen Gabis; MTC Artistic Line Producer: Lisa McNulty; MTC Director of Casting: Nancy Piccione; MTC Director of Artistic Development: Jerry Patch; MTC Director of Development: Lynne Randall; MTC Director of Marketing: Debra Waxman-Pilla; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Web Design: SpotCo Interactive; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Photographer: Joan Marcus

Opening Night Cast

Debra Messing
Broadway Debut
Rosemary Muldoon
Brían F. O'ByrneAnthony Reilly
Peter MaloneyTony Reilly
Dearbhla MolloyAoife Muldoon

Understudies: Ron Crawford (Tony Reilly), Kit Flanagan (Aoife Muldoon), Kevin Kelly (Anthony Reilly) and Kathryn Meisle (Rosemary Muldoon)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2014 Best Play [nominee] 

Written by John Patrick Shanley; Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer)

Drama Desk Award

 2014 Outstanding Play [nominee] 

Written by John Patrick Shanley; Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer)

 2014 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Peter Maloney


New York Daily News: "Outside Mullingar"

The love bug has stung John Patrick Shanley again. That’s obvious from his new play, “Outside Mullingar,” a modest and quirky little heart-tugger.

Like his Oscar-winning screenplay for “Moonstruck,” the play is a valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love. Instead of Cher shouting, “Snap out of it!,” Debra Messing calls the shots — and with an Irish brogue.

The Darby O’Gill accent is a must since Messing plays an Irish farmer, Rosemary Muldoon. Flame-haired and approaching 40, Rose has spent three decades secretly pining for Anthony Reilly (Brian F. O’Byrne), the boy — and now the man — raising cattle next-door.

Neither of them is getting any younger. And that goes double for their widowed parents: her ma, Aoife (Dearbhla Molloy), and his da, Tony (Peter Maloney).

Over seven scenes spanning five years, shifting set pieces take us inside the Reilly and Muldoon homes and beyond. Locations change, but Rose’s feelings for Anthony stay fixed — if unrequited.

As far as plot goes, that’s about it, and the story ultimately leads to predictable rom-com territory. To his credit, Shanley factors in some surprises to keep us intrigued, including an 11th-hour secret by Anthony, who’s been bruised by love before. It’s a doozy you will never see coming and adds to the show’s offbeat appeal.

Compared to Shanley’s Tony-and Pulitzer-winning drama, “Doubt,” which provided meaty food for thought about power, religion and sex, his sophomore Broadway venture is merely a pleasant snack. If you’re simply looking to be entertained — and don’t have a problem spending $70 for light fare — it won’t disappoint.

That’s certainly true of the fine-tuned cast, guided by Doug Hughes, who also directed “Doubt.”

Before “Will & Grace” and “Smash” made her a TV star, Messing cut her teeth Off-Broadway and she’s in her comfort zone on stage. With her great timing and expressive eyes, she makes Rosemary feisty, fiery and very amusing.

O’Byrne is more low-key, but equally appealing. In his Broadway turns in “Doubt,” “The Coast of Utopia” and “Frozen,” for which he won a Tony, he played to his serious and dark sides. Here, he shows a knack for feathery comedy. Together, O’Byrne and Messing have lovely chemistry.

As the dad, Maloney lends a vinegary splash as well as a touching moment in a final heart-to-heart with his son. The fine Molloy has the least to do, but Shanley gives her the line that’s key to what “Outside Mullingar” is all about.

“The middle is the best part,” Aoife says. “The middle of anything is the heart of the thing.”

That means middle age, which seems very late to discover love. But for folks like Rosemary and Anthony, it’s perfect timing.

New York Daily News

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