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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (April 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413765008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413765000
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #861,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I directed McDonagh's "The Lonesome West" for the Station Theatre, Urbana, IL, in January 2000. (See 8am.com for reviews and links.) What an exhilarating ride! The new play -- like all of McDonagh's maddeningly vicious, hilarious efforts -- would be equally frustrating to stage, particularly the need for dead cats, live cats (covered with shoe polish), and other acts to drive directors mad. ("The Lonesome West" required dozens of Catholic religious figurines to be smashed nightly, not to mention an exploding oven and on-stage rain.) Certainly his staging challenges make these plays riveting to see, but they are equally rich in the reading. Be prepared to laugh... and then shocked at yourself for laughing.
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Wow. I came across Martin McDonagh thanks to an article in The New Yorker, and after Inishmore, I bought the rest of his plays. I still think this one is the best, although I haven't gotten around to The Pillowman yet.

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.
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By S. A. Rader on March 12 2003
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OK. I think McDonagh is a straight genius. I read this play, because I am currently in The Cripple of Inishmaan(the tame McDonagh play), but only because out director didn't think he could get the rights to this one. But I read this play, and I almost [messed] myself almost every other line. it is just that funny. I wish that we could have gotten the rights to it. It would be great to watch our director figure out how he would pull all this crazy stuff off. Overall, this is just a really funny, violent reason as to why I love the theatre. READ THIS SCRIPT. IT IS AMAZING. It is also very, very lean. No fat at all. A very short, perfect read.
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This play manages to capture on the stage everything that Tarantino brings to life on the screen. I saw the RSC's performance while over in the UK and it was mindblowing. What was totally cool was that rather than a program, one was given a script, which I have read a few times, and proves better each time around.
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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Very entertaining. Somewhat off the wall at times. Wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. Personally I loved it.
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