‘The Lonesome West’ captures desolation
Bringing dark humor to light
Out in Leenane, a little town in the west of Ireland, the bodies are piling up in a rash of murders and suicides. Brothers Coleman and Valene Connor have just buried their Dad, who met a bad end with a shotgun. An accident, supposedly, but the truth behind his gory demise fuels the brothers’ bitter, profane, petty, and violent struggles. “I think people will really find it to be a riot,” says Colin Hamell, artistic director of Tir Na Theatre. Hamell plays Coleman opposite Billy Meleady as Valene in the Tir Na production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West,” opening Thursday at the Davis Square Theatre. “It’s kind of dark stuff, and the language and way they relate is dark, but it’s actually just very funny,” says Hamell.