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Love/Hate detective Brían F. O'Byrne wins rave reviews for Broadway's 'Outside Mullingar'

Actors Debra Messing and Brian F. O'Byrne attend the curtain call for the
Actors Debra Messing and Brian F. O'Byrne attend the curtain call for the "Outside Mullinger" Broadway opening night at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Brian F. O'Byrne and Debra Messing pose at the 'Outside Mullingar' cast photo call at Manhattan Theatre Club Rehearsal Studios
(L-R) Actors Dearbhla Molloy, Brian F. O'Byrne, Debra Messing, and Peter Maloney attend the "Outside Mullinger" Broadway opening night after party at Copacabana on January 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Actor Brían F. O'Byrne has moved on from tackling Nidge's gangland crime spree to the heart of Mullingar on Broadway.

The Cavan native (46) has once again wowed theatre critics with his performance in Outside Mullingar opposite Will & Grace's Debra Messing.

After his turn as Detective Inspector Mick Moynihan on the RTE gangland drama, O'Byrne returned to his stage roots for a collaboration with Irish playwright John Patrick Shanley.

"It may not be as dramatic as “Doubt” or as funny as “Moonstruck,” but John Patrick Shanley has not written a more beautiful or loving play than 'Outside Mullingar', according to Variety magazine.

The industry publication later praises the actor's chemistry with messing, describing them as "a match made in heaven".

Similarly, the New York Daily News was also blown away with his stage presence.

"O’Byrne is more low-key, but equally appealing," critics wrote after last night's premiere. "In his Broadway turns in “Doubt,” “The Coast of Utopia” and “Frozen,” for which he won a Tony, he played to his serious and dark sides. Here, he shows a knack for feathery comedy. Together, O’Byrne and Messing have lovely chemistry."


Messing, who played titular character Grace on smash US comedy series Will & Grace, hit headlines earlier this month when she joked that trying to portray an Irishwoman on stage would be one of her greatest challenges as an actor.

"I'm the Russian Jew and I have to pretend I'm Irish,' she said during an interview with American chat show Live! With Kelly & Michael.

And she revealed she was intimidated at first while working with so many Irish in the cast, including O'Byrne and Dearbhla Molloy.

"At first it was incredibly scary," she explained. "I am a Russian Polish Jew and as far from an Irish farmer girl as you can get. But I took strength from the fact that they believed in me. Now I see it as a huge boon to have so many resources about Ireland and the Irish culture around the table.

"Doug and John and Brían have worked together before and they have a built-in language and way of communicating and camaraderie, and I would be lying if I didn't say that on the first day I was intimidated by that."

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