The Lieutenant of Inishmore Paperback – Apr 12 2001
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?Gleeful, gruesome play about political terrorism in rural Ireland, which won the Olivier Award for best comedy...Appallingly entertaining...Enlightening....Lieutenant. is brazenly and unapologetically a farce. But it is also a severely moral play, translating into dizzy absurdism the self-perpetuating spirals of political violence that now occur throughout the world.? ?The New York Times
?A cautionary fairy tale for our toxic times. In its horror and hilarity, it works as an act of both revenge and repair, turning the tables on grief and goonery, and forcing the audience to think about the unthinkable.? ?The New Yorker
?There's more than one way to skin a theatrical cat; and McDonagh's chosen weapons are laughter and gore Pushing theatre to its limits, McDonagh is making a serious point a work as subversive as those Synge and O'Casey plays that sparked Dublin riots in the last century.? ?Guardian
?A brave satire Swiftianly savage and parodic with explicit brutal actino and lines which sing with grace and wit.? ?Observer
?In the person of a man who can break off from torturing a chain-suspended victim to have a fretful mobile phone conversation about the health of his cat, McDonagh makes mock of the psychotic sentimentality of Irish nationalist terrorism.? ?Independent
About the Author
Martin McDonagh's first play The Beauty Queen of Leenane was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2003, his play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre and received the 2004 Olivier Award. In 2006, Martin McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter.
Top Customer Reviews
I teach this play in my senior high school English classes (thank goodness the characters say "feck" instead of something else), in part simply to show them that the theatre isn't as abstract, pretentious and navel-gazing as they seem to imagine. McDonagh's characters are vividly alive, and hysterically funny, although always in a rather morbid way.
Fast-paced plot, great twists, awesome dialogue. I'll never look at a cat the same way again.
The play is at the same time very literate and very funny in a morbid sense, the only things coming to mind for comparison being Pulp Fiction and Irvine Welsh novels. This is a new directin in theatre and a great read on it's own.
A truly original piece of work.
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