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Roda Theater at Berkeley Rep
2025 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
510-647-2949
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Joyce Rodgers
We were seated in the last row near a fan, so it became necessary for us to use hearing devices during the 2nd half of the play. We missed some of the dialogue during the first half. If you're seated way in the back, we suggest the hearing devices.
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Ani
Lots of inexpensive ethnic restaurants to eat at, most very good.
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attended Apr 17 2009

We had a great time! Easy to find, parking was $5 right across the street. The play was excellent! Thought provoking - we had great conversations afterwards talking about it. Definitely lots of blood, gun shots, swearing but we were laughing...continued

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attended Apr 18 2009

Excellent production values and acting - as usual with BRT. The only problem was with the script, which is a full-length straining to become a one-act. Put simply, it's a one-joke play: violent people often have a soft spot for pets. Got it. Got...continued

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attended Apr 21 2009

Berkeley Rep's production of Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore is definitely not for everyone but I haven't had such a good time in a theater since I saw Urinetown, not that these plays have anything in common whatsoever. First of all,...continued

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http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/0809/2884.asp

Quotes & Highlights

“Razor sharp… This is a terrific play about a serious subject that’s touched with a Monty Pythonesque insanity.” —The Guardian [UK]
“Best bloody play I ever saw… Its singular playwright has us laughing at our blackest fears.” —New York Observer
“It’s perversely amusing and alarmingly real. Audience members regularly scream in shock.” —The Washington Post

Description

Written by Martin McDonagh

Directed by Les Waters

April is the cruelest—and most hilarious—month, when Les Waters lets loose with another shocking script from Martin McDonagh.

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. 

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.

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 PillowmanThe 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!”

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 MenagerieThe Pillowman andTRAGEDY: a tragedy.

About the Ticket Supplier: Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Known for its amazing and adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a home for emerging and established artists since 1968. With two stages and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Berkeley Rep premieres exhilarating new plays and reimagined classics. In the last five years alone, the company has helped send five shows to Broadway: Green Day's American Idiot, Bridge & Tunnel, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Passing Strange and Wishful Drinking. Come see tomorrow's plays today at Berkeley Rep.

Berkeley Rep operates two performance spaces: the Roda Theatre, a state-of-the-art 600-seat proscenium theatre, and the intimate, 400-seat Thrust Stage. The Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Berkeley's arts district, just a half block from the Berkeley BART station, near lots of restaurants, cafe, pubs, and cool retailers.