The Lieutenant of Inishmore

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Bloomsbury Academic, May 19, 2009 - Drama - 81 pages
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'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

Who knocked Mad Padraic's cat over on a lonely road on the island of Inishmore and was it an accident? He'll want to know when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland: he loves his cat more than life itself.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a brilliant satire on terrorism, a powerful corrective to the beautification of violence in contemporary culture, and a hilarious farce. It premiered at the RSC's The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in May 2001.

Commentary and notes by Patrick Lonergan

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User Review  - Geneva - Goodreads

A bit more kitty-death than I would prefer, but I was able to look past it and see the brilliance of this very darkly funny play. I don't think, though, that I could watch it. Read full review

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User Review  - William - Goodreads

Farcical and violent: violence though "real" is grounded as much in the comedic story. Black comedy subverts the political,in its over-the-top presentation. The pet cats that ostensibly drive the plot ... Read full review

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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 2006, Martin McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter, and in 2008 his film In Bruges was a critical and popular hit.

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