The Sound of One Hand Clapping on Broadway

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Variety reports some big Hollywood names are interested in a new play set to premier on the Great White Way next March. The play, “A Behanding in Spokane”, written by Martin McDonagh, is about a man searching for his missing hand, encountering a couple con artists and a curious hotel clerk along the way. Presumably, this all takes place in Spokane, Washington, though Wikipedia says there one in Missouri, too.

The interested “big names” are Chris Rock and Sam Rockwell. Rock should be familiar to most, notable for various film roles, Saturday Night Live, and a long successful stand-up career. This would be Rock’s first “official” Broadway gig. Rockwell’s film career has been rather varied. I am a fan of his work from Galaxy Quest and as President of the Galaxy in the recent film version of the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The play is described as a dark comedy, so Rock and Rockwell would make for an interesting paring, assuming the casting rumors come true.

The director, John Crowly, will arrive to the project after having directed “A Steady Rain”. That play involves a cannibal serial killer, this one a severed hand, so I’m sensing some thematic synergy between the projects… Currently there’s an opening date but no theatre attached. Sign up for alerts on the A Behanding in Spokane Tickets page to be updated when tickets hit the market.




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