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Schoenfeld Theatre

236 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

1hr. 30mins
0 Intermission
Important Dates
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Jan 24, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
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Take a man searching for his missing hand, two con artists out to make a few hundred bucks and an overly curious hotel clerk, and the result is A Behanding ...


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Zoe Kazan and Anthony Mackie in A Behanding in Spokane.

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What Is the Story of A Behanding in Spokane?
As this black comedy begins, Carmichael, a man who is missing his left hand, settles into a shabby hotel room. A couple of young con artists have promised to sell him what they claim is his missing hand. Meanwhile, a hotel clerk keeps popping in and saying things seemingly designed to antagonize the other three characters. It's impossible to say any more about the plot without giving away some of the surprises built into Martin McDonagh's clever script.

Critics’ Reviews

"Wildly entertaining...[Christopher] Walken's performance is the stuff Tony Awards are made of."

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News

"The funniest play in New York...Martin McDonagh is one of the finest playwrights in the English speaking world...John Crowley's direction is smart and sharp."

Review by Terry Teachout from The Wall Street Journal

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What Is A Behanding in Spokane Like?
Dark, profane and often hilariously funny, A Behanding in Spokane is a fast-moving 90 minutes filled with a constant stream of foul language and charismatic central character. The play finds ways to insult African-Americans, women, the elderly and the disabled—all in service of keeping tensions high and showing off the personality quirks of the four characters.

Is A Behanding in Spokane Good for Kids?
No. Body parts are bartered, the “f” word appears in almost every line of dialogue (plus frequent uses of the “n” word), and lives are threatened throughout the play.