The Lieutenant of Inishmore: Dark Comedy from the Writer of In Bruges
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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 it the first time, in fact. After the umpteenth iteration of the joke, it became boring, to be honest. We did NOT object to the violence and bloodshed, which were wholly justified by the subject matter. But the play was over-long for its depth - flaw especially glaring in view of the historical context, i.e. Ireland's struggles for independence - an important subject only tangential to the main action, as written. That ought to have been the foreground, with t he violence the background - rather than vice versa. This is sub-par for the author of PILLOWMAN and BEAUTY QUEEN, which are both brilliant scripts.
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
<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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