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Silver Spring Stage The Cripple of Inishmaan

By • Feb 26th, 2008 • Category: Reviews, Stand Out!

Listen to our review of Silver Spring Stage’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan [MP3 5:45 2.6MB].

The Cripple of Inishmaan
Silver Spring Stage
Silver Spring Stage Theater, Silver Spring, Maryland
$18/$15 Seniors and Juniors (Fri-Sat)
$15/$13 Seniors and Juniors (Sun)
Through March 16th

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of The Cripple of Inishmaan performed by Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mike and I saw the performance on Saturday evening, February 23, 2008.

Mike: This was an outstanding show. There were twists and turns. You weren’t quite sure what was real. The people were not flat characters, they were very well rounded. You thought you had them pegged and then something would come out of the blue and surprise you. I had a great time with this show.

Laura: This was a standout. The timing and the accents were great. It was very believable. I loved the message; and really enjoyed myself.

Mike: The Cripple of Inishmaan is a play by Martin McDonagh. Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, young Cripple Billy, living with his “aunties” Kate and Eileen, learns that a Hollywood director is making a movie on a nearby island. Kate and Eileen took in the disabled Billy after his parents drowned. Two other young people on the island, Helen, whom Billy harbors a crush, and her brother Bartley also want to be in the film. Billy convinces Babbybobby to give him a ride in his boat to the neighboring island. Billy’s departure and the film provide ripe material for the resident island gossip JohnnyPateenMike. A doctor and the aged Mammy add to the indelible island characters.

Laura: The role of Cripple Billy was played by Ryan Manning. He did an incredible job. He was very believable on stage. I love the Irish accent he kept throughout. His drive and determination were great. I could relate to his character. I have some physical limitations myself and grew up being teased and told I couldn’t do things. But over the years I’ve proved people wrong and I just really liked his performance very much.

Mike: We never learned the specifics about the physical problems that were ailing Cripple Billy. He is a real person with some righteous indignation. A couple times he tries to have friendships. He also has dreams. I think Manning made the character very sympathetic and very real.

He is being brought up by his aunties, Kate played by Jean Aviles and her sister Eileen played by Jane MacFarland. They were also sympathetic and had their own little problems as well. They loved Billy despite his problems. At the point in the show when he was gone from them to the other island, they were heartbroken over them not letting him that he would be leaving them for a short while. I thought they had a great relationship. They definitely felt like sisters who would nag and tease each other a little bit. The relationship between the two of them was very strong.

Laura: The town gossip, Johnnypateen, was played by David Dubov. His character was funny. He had plenty of news that he had no problem sharing with anyone and everyone and always had his ear open for the latest gossip which he then turned around and shared with everyone. I liked his performance, his lightheartedness, and even though you wanted to choke him sometimes, he was pretty funny.

Mike: The other people on the island were just such a hodgepodge of types of people. There were the people who were Cripple Billy’s age, Bartley and Helen. Some who were a little older, Babbybobby. The doctor and Mammy who was Jonnypateen’s mother. All of them were just such good characters. They were deep because they weren’t very simple. You thought you had them pegged pretty early on and then in the next scene they old come out and be totally different. There were nuances given to all the characters. The twists and turns in the plot. I think the entire group worked very well together. The show flowed extremely well. The show’s director, Craig Allen Mummey, did a great job with this.

Laura: The set for The Cripple of Inishmaan was really cool. The Set Designer was Linda Bartash. It was just so detailed.

Mike: It was also a great use of space. There were many different locations used and the set changes went very quickly. The beach scene with the boat and Babbybobby was very nicely done. The Hollywood scene was a surprise. The flexibility by having a lot of open space in the middle of the stage worked really well for this show. I also think the lights helped a lot. The lighting designer was Andrew Sharwath. The teamwork that went into this show is evident because the final production was really well done.

Laura: The Cripple of Inishmaan ran two hours and twenty minutes with one intermission. It is playing through Sunday March 16th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sunday matinees on the 2nd and 16th at 2 PM at the Woodmoor Shopping Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Definitely recommend you take the time to go out and see this show. It was great.

Mike: The Cripple of Inishmaan raises lots of questions, the biggest being who is the cripple of Inishmaan? I think you’ll discover that the answer isn’t the obvious answer. We had a good talk about the show. This is another one that sticks with you. The Silver Spring Stage does really good works that are not very simplistic.

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Mike: And now, on with the show.


  • Kate: Jean Aviles
  • Eileen, Kate’s sister: Jane MacFarlane
  • Johnnypateenmike: David Dubov
  • Cripple Billy: Ryan Manning
  • Bartley: Joshua Michael Panter
  • Helen, Bartley’s sister: Charlene V. Smith
  • Babbybobby: John Stange
  • Doctor MacSharry: Brian Turley
  • Mammy: Jane Squier Bruns


  • Producers: Nancy Jaquish & Richard Ley
  • Director: Craig Allen Mummey
  • Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Brenda Ryan
  • Technical Director: Don Slater
  • Set Designer: Linda Bartash
  • Master Carpenter: Linda Bartash
  • Assisted by: Nancy Jaquish, Richard Ley, Tom Smith, Bill Strein
  • Set Painting: Linda Bartash, Nancy Jaquish, Barbara Moreland
  • Lighting Designer: Andrew Scharwath
  • Sound Designer: Kevin Garrett
  • Costume Designer: Linda Bartash
  • Properties & Set Dressing: Sonya Okin
  • Combat Choreographer: Jamie Hannah
  • Makeup & Hair Design: The Cast
  • Light & Sound Operators: Wayne Richard, Kevin Garrett
  • Running Crew: Ashley Byrd
  • Photographer: Neil Edgell, Jr.
  • Program: Leta Hall
  • Program Cover Design: Audrey Cefaly
  • Subscription Brochure: Audrey Cefaly
  • Artistic Liaison: Bridget Muehlberger
  • Opening Night Reception: Mary Campbell
  • Hospitality Coordinator: Julie Wolz
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