The Lieutenant of Inishmore

  • Date:
    May 1, 2006

    Written by: Martin McDonagh
    Directed by: Wilson Milam
    Cast: Jeff Binder (James), Alison Pill (Mairead), Andrew Connolly (Christy), Dashiell Eaves (Joey), Peter Gerety (Donny), Domhnall Gleeson (Davey), Brian d�Arcy James (Brendan) and David Wilmot (Padraic).
    Synopsis: Set in 1993 in County Galway on the rocky island of Inishmore, off the coast of Ireland. Padraic is a terrorist with no feeling for those he kills, yet has an obsessive attachment to Thomas, his beloved cat. But someone has murdered poor wee Thomas. Was it an accident or an execution? Either way, the death must be concealed before 'Mad Padraic' returns from a stint of torture and bombing. Otherwise the recriminations will be horrifying.

    What the critics had to say.....

    BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �Gleeful, gruesome play.�

    CLIVE BARNES of THE NEW YORK POST says "This murderous merry-go-round effortlessly becomes one of the best shows in town."

    MICHAEL SOMMERS of the STAR-LEDGER says "Certain to be a leading contender among this year's playwriting awards, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" is already sure to be a winner with those who enjoy an extravagant story driven by dark, significant humor."

    ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says "The smartest, funniest new work to land on Broadway."

    ROBERT FELDBERG of THE RECORD says "A gruesomely hilarious satire."

    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "Good, smartly stupid fun."

    MICHAEL KUCHWARA of the ASSOCIATED PRESS says "The bloody mayhem that envelops Martin McDonagh's "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" explodes as effectively on Broadway as it did off-Broadway. In fact, McDonagh's dark, dangerous satire on Irish terrorism plays even sharper, surer and funnier"

    FRANK SCHECK of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "This allegorical comedy set in Northern Ireland demonstrates its writer's unique ability to create dark and disturbing material that somehow manages to be ruthlessly funny. Along with another British import, "The History Boys," it is a major contender for this year's best play Tony."

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