Wow. I had already known how much I loved McDonagh 's work from his films " In Bruges " and " Seven Psychopaths ", but witnessing " The Pillowman " solidified my veneration for the Irish writer. " A Behanding in Spokane " is technically the weakest work I have read or seen from McDonagh, but I still really liked it.
Ultraviolence, macabre humor and un-P.C. jokes are riddled throughout McDonagh 's work and " Behanding " is no exception.McDonagh, like many great playwright 's before him, definitely has distinct types of characters that he writes for his scenarios.
In " Behanding " it is made clear by the original casting that Sam Rockwell was Mervyn, but even without that list of premiere performers it was easie to read Mervyn as a Rockwell-McDonagh character the likes of Billy in " Seven Psychopaths " or Michal in " The Pillowman ".
However, I do not doubt for a second that Carmichael 's dialogue lends itself nicely to the unmistakable cadences of Christopher Walken.Billed as McDonagh 's first American-set play, " Behanding " definitely wrestles with one of the most enduring themes in the country 's literary consciousness: obsession.