The Lieutenant of Inishmore: Dark Comedy from the Writer of In Bruges
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No Kitties harmed in this amazing work at the Berk Rep - do your best to see this play before it sells out. It is one of the best stage plays I have seen - minus the gore - it still is tightly directed and performed buy some excellent actors.
"The Lieutenant of Inishmore" the lobby is full of The Pogues songs, Bloody Marys, and Guinness. The 2nd Act is one of most explosive 40 minutes i have ever seen in a stage play - a full blown "tarantino-ish" gun fight (real guns) and blood bath (12 gallons of blood are used in the last 20 minutes of the play) "Kill Bill" live theater. A great play by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).
Yes people do walk out during the second act -- if you read the other reviews you will see some that some write and say they couldn't handle the second act. But its pure theatre at its best - over the top action you don't see on an equity stage - Meaning a full on out gun shoot out, that we may live too close to in Oakland and SF streets. The ballet of bullets is so well crafted including the blood art and splats
that the carnage is cherry on the top.
Director Les Waters imported two NY actors to play the leads. Brilliant Adam Farabee plays a 15 YO with a bad haircut, and the only female in the cast Molly Camp both carry the show.
Veteran pro local actor James Carpenter has the accent down as do all the cast. One character is hung by his feet for his entire scene. and his Fecking accent is perfect (our voice muscles change when we are hung upside down - so creating an accent is not easy)
-a must see - Brilliant work by director Les Waters and the creative forces at the Berkeley Rep. V
MY SECOND VISIT - THE PLAY STILL PACKS A PUNCH AND I WAS STILL CAUGHT OFF GUARD DURING THE SECOND ACT BATTLE - THE CAST IS TIGHTER AND THE BOND AND TIMING IS AMAZING - THIS SHOW HAS BEEN EXTENDED.. SEE IT..
I ADDED SOME PICS OF THE LEADS - ADAM AND MOLLY - BOTH BRILLIANT YOUN ACTORS ,, Vince
Quotes & Highlights
- "Razor sharp... This is a terrific play about a serious subject that’s touched with a Monty Pythonesque insanity." --<em>The Guardian</em> [UK]
- "Best bloody play I ever saw... Its singular playwright has us laughing at our blackest fears." --<em>New York Observer</em>
- "It’s perversely amusing and alarmingly real. Audience members regularly scream in shock." --<em>The Washington Post</em>
<p>Written by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Les Waters</p> <p>April is the cruelest—and most hilarious—month, when Les Waters lets loose with another shocking script from Martin McDonagh.</p> <p>In 2007, the Obie Award-winning director scored a direct hit with his extended run of The Pillowman; since then, the Oscar Award-winning author released his first feature film, In Bruges. Now Berkeley Rep reenlists these seasoned artists for another vicious comedy. </p> <p>The Lieutenant of Inishmore employs explosive dialogue and a perfectly oiled plot that is brutal, bloody, yet irresistibly funny. As part of an I.R.A. splinter group, Padraic thinks nothing of murdering and mutilating his enemies—but the sudden death of his beloved cat leaves him heartbroken. Amidst the comedy and carnage, McDonagh delivers cutting commentary on the endless cycle of violence that engulfs our world.</p> <p>Martin McDonagh was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe this year for his first feature film, In Bruges. He already earned an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter, four Tony nominations for Best Play and England’s prestigious Olivier Award for The Pillowman. The New Yorker places him on the highest plane of playwrights, pointing out that he’s the “first dramatist since Shakespeare to have four works professionally produced on the London stage in a single season!”</p> <p>Les Waters won an Obie Award for Big Love and his shows have ranked among the Top 10 Plays of 2007 in Time Magazine, 2006 in the New York Times and 2005 in Time Out New York. His recent hits here at home include The Glass Menagerie, The Pillowman andTRAGEDY: a tragedy.</p>
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