The Lieutenant of Inishmore

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"Who knocked Wee Thomas over on the lonely road on the island of Inishmore, and was it an accident? 'Mad Padraig' will want to know when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip shop bombing in Northern Ireland: he loves that cat more than life itself." The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a satire on terrorism, a powerful corrective to the beautification of violence in contemporary culture, and a hilarious face. It premiered at the RSC's The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in May 2001.

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Overview

"Who knocked Wee Thomas over on the lonely road on the island of Inishmore, and was it an accident? 'Mad Padraig' will want to know when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip shop bombing in Northern Ireland: he loves that cat more than life itself." The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a satire on terrorism, a powerful corrective to the beautification of violence in contemporary culture, and a hilarious face. It premiered at the RSC's The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in May 2001.

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Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times (London)
...cunningly constructed, deeply and intensely felt, bitterly blood curdling and breathtakingly funny.
Daily Telegraph (London)
McDonagh weaves the strands of his plot together with superb panache and his dialogue is a joy, full of debunking humor that reveals the terrorists in their absurdly dim true colors.
Financial Times (London)
You can't imagine how many dramatic developments, how much horror, how much comedy, McDonagh spins as a consequence of [a] cat's death...his blackest, funniest, most violent, most absurd...play to date.
Stage (London)
The plot is so sublime, the script so witty and the twist at the end so clever that I was won over...
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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, turbaning 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822219347
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 58
  • Sales rank: 785,223
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Remarkable

    This has got to be one of the best plays ever written, and its accolades back it up. It is foul-mouthed, bloody, and intense... the epitome of a black comedy. But if you look deeper you see that the playwright is illustrating the struggle that has gone on for a long time between Great Britain and Ireland. It makes the point that the violence between these 2 is all for nothing. The play is so brilliant because he uses a little kitty and members of an Irish terrorist sect to make that point. Too funny...

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