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The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Student Editions) [Paperback]

Martin McDonagh , Patrick Lonergan
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25 Jun 2009 Student Editions
'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 acting 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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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; Student edition (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408111071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408111079
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,650 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"

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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bloody triumph 12 Dec 2003
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Padriac opens the front door wide. Standing there are Christy, Joey and Brandon... Padraic laughs, happy to see them.
Christy: Howdo.
Padraic: Christy! What the feck are you fellas doing out this way? Come on in ahead for yourselves. I'm just in the middle of shooting me dad.
In Martin McDonagh's black comedy 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore', Padraic, a man refused entry to the I.R.A for being 'too mad', reacts badly to the news that his cat is 'ill'. Following his immediate return from Northern Ireland, having left his usual duties of torturing and terrorism, the situation goes from bad to worse for Donny, Padraic's weary father, and Davey, his teenage next door neighbour.
One of the funniest plays I have seen, this political satire is also the most shocking. Banned in many parts of Ireland, the play is characterised by a surfeit of violence that is fortunately mitigated by its humour. Significantly this is not, as many critics like to crow, violence for violence's sake; it is a deeply cutting, significant statement about the nature of Ireland and its troubles. A final twist in the story leaves the audience left with an inescapable sense of pointlessness, and of how so much is lost for so little gain.
Without its witty writing, 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore' would be unwatchable. However, humour is an intrinsic part of the play, and an aspect that makes its message all the more memorable. A play that draws upon a rich heritage of political theatre to create somethingthing unique, I would recommend it to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a Great Play 21 Jan 2008
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I got this play second hand. It is quite simply one of my favourite irish plays. Don't kid yourself, it is definately a BLACK comedy. But absolutely fantastic. laugh out loud all the way through but as the last reviewer said it is very satirical of how the political system (shamefully) once was. A great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy Genius 29 April 2010
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I love this play so much. I saw it a few years ago when it transfered to the Garrick Theatre from the Barbican, and it's so funny! The humour is very black, and seeing it is not for the squeamish - the first 2 rows of the stalls had to be taken off sale because the people sitting there always got drenched in 'blood'! But its a joy to read; the sheer amount of violence doesn't come through in the text as much as on stage, but it takes the violence to laughably ridiculous levels. A very black comedy indeed. Martin McDonagh is such an excellent writer, his dialogue is so memorable. Reading this on the train back from London, I kept getting odd looks from people because I was laughing out loud. A work of genius, and in my opinion his best play.
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4.0 out of 5 stars McDonagh's Brilliance 3 Aug 2013
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Was a very good read, slightly more violent than McDonagh's other works. Ultimately with twists and turns an entertaining read.
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