Hilton Head Island's South Carolina Repertory Company presents Martin McDonagh's 'A Skull in Connemara'

Special to Lowcountry CurrentFebruary 6, 2013 

  • WHEN: 8 p.m. through Feb. 17, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

  • WHERE: 136B Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island

  • * COST: $28 seniors, $30 adults, $15 students/military

    * DETAILS: 843-342-2057, www.hiltonheadtheatre.com

The audience won't have to dig deep for laughs at the South Carolina Repertory Company's current show, "A Skull in Connemara."

The play by Martin McDonagh uses the famed screenwriter's twisted sense of humor to bring comedy to a graveyard. It follows main character Mick Dowd, a gravedigger who is hired each year to disinter 7-year-old corpses to make room for more in the graveyard. This year is the year he digs up his wife, whom some believe he might have killed seven years ago.

Director Tom Evans said he's a big fan of many of McDonagh's works.

"I saw (this play) in New York City and loved it," Evans said. "I'm very fond of Irish literature."

McDonagh, who has both Irish and English roots, bases most of his works in Ireland. He is known for many of his works, including his Oscar-winning short film "Six Shooter."

His most recent film, "Seven Psychopaths," which starred Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson, was released in the United States in October.

Evans said theatergoers should not be scared away by the name of the play.

"It's not a weird, spooky kind of play," Evans said. "It's a humorous outlook on life."

Evans has directed more than 20 shows for the South Carolina Repertory Company.

On Jan. 30, the theater group provided seats for people from Hilton Head Island Safe Harbor, which provides assistance to seniors who live independently, to watch the comedy. It also gave the actors a chance to perform in front of an audience, Evans said.

Blake White, associate producer at the company and one of the actors, said the theater split the proceeds from the box office from the preview night.

"We think it's a good nonprofit on the island," he said, adding the company has done this with Safe Harbor for the past two and a half years.

The show features several mainstay actors, including Barbara Farrar and Bill Gorman. There will be talkbacks, when the director and actors come back to speak with the audience, after the performance on the Tuesday and Thursday evening shows and after Sunday's matinee.

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