Martin McDonagh is an English-born Irish playwright and screenwriter best known for The Leenane Trilogy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and the Oscar-nominated film In Bruges.

The Leenane Trilogy consists of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, and The Lonesome West. The Aran Islands Trilogy consists of The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and the unproduced The Banshees of Inisheer. Other plays include The Pillowman and A Behanding in Spokane. Before In Bruges, McDonagh also wrote and directed the short film Six Shooter, for which he received an Oscar for Best Short Film. His current project is the film Seven Psychopaths, which will be released in fall 2012.

His works are generally violent black comedies that focus on dysfunctional families, hired killers, and/or a uniquely twisted form of Small Town Boredom in County Galway (and surrounding islands) during The Troubles.

Martin McDonagh's work contains examples of:

 Mag: It's an old crone I'm getting to be, Maureen, an old crone...

Maureen: Stop reversing your syntax, you hateful cow! You'd try the patience of a saint!

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