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Inside the 2014 Tony Nominees: Best Play Revival

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Twelfth Night
Joan Marcus

As we look ahead to the Tony Awards on Sunday, EW is taking a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor. Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Revival of a Play.

The Cripple of Inishmaan 

Opened: April 12, 2014

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Sarah Greene, Ingrid Craigie, Pádraic Delaney, Gillian Hanna, Gary Lilburn, Conor ManNeill, and Pat Shortt.

Written by: Martin McDonagh

Directed by: Michael Grandage

Synopsis: The dark Irish comedy set in the remote island of Inishmaan tells the story of young Cripple Billy (Radcliffe), who dreams of stardom when a Hollywood film starts filming on the nearby island of Inishmore.

EW review: “Thanks to McDonagh’s clever writing and the sharply drawn performances by Radcliffe & Co., these seeming stereotypes keep upending our expectations — and their own — as they spin their yarns and shade some closely held truths. This is one of McDonagh’s lighter works, without his usual burst of Tarantino-esque violence, but there’s enough edginess to pull the story back from the cliff’s edge of sentimentality.” (Thom Geier)

Nominations: 6 – Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Sarah Greene), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paul Constable), Best Sound Design of a Play (Alex Baranowski) and Best Direction of a Play (Michael Grandage).

Fun fact: Like Hedwig and Violet on the musical side, this is billed as a revival even though it’s the first production to hit Broadway. The play debut in London in 1996 and has had two separate productions Off Broadway in 1998 and 2008.

Odds of winning: It has a wee wisp of a chance.

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