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The Lieutenant of Inishmore

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The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Stage - 2006)

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
02/27/06
performer:
Jeff Binder, Kerry Condon, Andrew Connolly
author:
Martin McDonagh

We gave it an A-

Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman) cribs shamelessly from hyperviolent indie caper films, overdoes the Grand Guignol sanguinary spray, and indulges his psychotic characters with Tarantinoesque gunpoint ramblings — all things a formal education would have drummed out of him. Fortunately, McDonagh never had a formal education. The Lieutenant of Inishmore, the second play in his Aran Islands trilogy — focusing on a ferociously inept IRA splinter group and the disastrous assassination of a pet cat — was written in the mid-’90s, but it’s a mordant, marvelous, and all-too-current comedy of terror.