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The Big Fellah, Lyric Hammersmith | reviews, news & interviews

The Big Fellah, Lyric Hammersmith

The Big Fellah, Lyric Hammersmith

Richard Bean on the terrorist trail in a play at once funny, fierce - and flawed

Finbar Lynch put his work with Pinter to good use as the big guy of the title in Richard Bean's playJohn Haynes

When cultural talk drifts toward Mr Big, thoughts tend to turn to Sex and the City's Chris Noth, whose New York is world enough and time away from the doomed metropolis populated by the "big fellah" played by Finbar Lynch in Richard Bean's play of the same name. This big guy is, in fact, slight but menacing: the type of man not unacquainted with the very methods of violence which Harold Pinter, among others, dramatised so well. And when Lynch's Costello remarks, "Unlike you, I am not mentally ill," one sits up and takes notice. The issue here has less to do with what Costello is not and everything to do with what and who he is.

Some of Richard Bean's lines couldn't have been better put by Martin McDonagh himself

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