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Jobsite Theater | The Lieutenant of Inishmore
 

Jun 01 2008 / The Lieutenant of Inishmore

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

By Martin McDonagh

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Extended! Mar. 19 – Apr. 12, 2009

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse
Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Cast & Crew Media Patron Reviews Season

Winner!

  • Creative Loafing Best of the Bay – Reader’s Poll Best Actress Finalist – Kari Goetz

“It’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s a bloodbath.” – Creative Loafing

“Full serving of gore, horror and hilarity.” – St. Petersburg Times

“… with enough extreme carnage to make Quentin Tarantino queasy, bumbling characters shoot, maim, slice and dice one another with abandon and little remorse….” – The Tampa Tribune

A Tampa Bay premiere!

Kari Goetz and Matt Lunsford in Jobsite's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

On a lonely road on the tiny Irish island of Inishmore, someone has killed an Irish National Liberation Army enforcer’s cat. The enforcer loves his cat more than life itself, and when he returns from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland, someone is going to pay.

“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.” – Financial Times

Author of Jobsite’s 2006 production of The Pillowman (credited as a Top 10 production by Creative Loafing, earned Steve Garland a Creative Loafing Best Actor of the Bay Award and scored four Jobsite Jobby Awards, including Best Play), Martin McDonagh returns to Jobsite for the third time with The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a gruesome high-octane comedy that won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a stunningly, disturbingly funny tale of a young man and his cat. It’s a wickedly hilarious event utilizing a half-dozen stage firearms, approximately six gallons of stage blood per night and a slew of special effects rigs that must be seen to be believed.

McDonagh’s masterpiece is not an anti-terrorist play, but a satire of the nature of terrorism, which centers on “Mad Padraic” Osbourne, a first lieutenant in the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), a group that splintered from the IRA in the 1970’s owing to the IRA’s “overly moderate” outlook on the situation in the North.

(L-R) Matt Lunsford and Chris Holcom in Jobsite's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Nothing is sacred to Padraic except his cat, Wee Thomas, and freeing Northern Ireland from the oppressive rule of England. When he learns that Wee Thomas is “doing poorly,” he rushes home to the Aran Island of Inishmore, only to find that his beloved friend is a biteen more than poorly – he’s, as the Irish would say, brownbread!

The resulting action blends the comic precision of a Feydeau farce with the non-apologetic graphic violence of a Tarantino flick, as Padraic contends with Mairead, a 16-year-old girl (who is crazy about him and can blind cows with a popgun from 60 yards), her brother Davey (who rides his mother’s pink bicycle), Padraic’s eccentric father Donny, and three fellow INLA members who are none-too-happy with Padraic.

Warning

The Lieutenant of Inishmore contains violent scenes that some may find disturbing, loud gunfire and music, extremely graphic blood violence, adult language and adult situations. This play is not intended for the easily offended. No real cats will be harmed in the creation of this production.

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Leah LoSchiavo – Assistant Director
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Stage Manager

Cast

  • Ned Averill-Snell – Donny
  • Jason Evans – Brendan
  • Steve Garland – Christy
  • Kari Goetz – Mairead
  • Chris Holcom – James/Joey
  • Matt Lunsford – Paidraic
  • Dominic Russo – Davey

Crew

  • Katie Grey – Assistant Stage Manager/Understudy
  • David Valdez – Assistant Stage Manager
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Chris Holcom – Special Effects Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Lighting & Scenic Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
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Ned Averill-Snell

American Buffalo, Beauty Queen, Boys Next Door, Fahrenheit 451, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Much Ado About Nothing, Race, The Lonesome West

Jason Evans

Jason Vaughan Evans

Acropolis, America abridged, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Bible abridged, Books abridged, Chapel Perilous, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hipster McBigballs, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, Woman in Mind

Steve Garland

Steve Garland

Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dream Play, Embedded, Gorey Stories, History of the Devil, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Woman in Mind

Jaime Giangrande

Jaime Giangrande-Holcom

boom, Chapel Perilous, Crimes of the Heart, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Gorey Stories, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Lieutenant of Inishmore, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, Serpent, The 39 Steps, The Odd Couple, We Won't Pay, Woman in Mind

Kari Goetz

Kari Goetz

Artistic Associates, Bloody Poetry, boom, Crimes of the Heart, Dog Sees God, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Girl's Guide, Grimm's Faery Tales, Lieutenant of Inishmore, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Night of the Living Dead, Phyro-Giants!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Reasons to be Pretty, Ros and Guil, Woman in Mind

Chris Holcom

Chris Holcom

Acropolis, All New People, Artistic Associates, Bloody Poetry, boom, Boys Next Door, Delusion of Darkness, Dracula, Dream Play, Embedded, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mineola Twins, Murder Ballads, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, SDRnR, Serpent, subUrbia, The Odd Couple, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay

David Jenkins

David M. Jenkins

America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Beauty Queen, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, boom, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Quills, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Leah LoSchiavo

Leah LoSchiavo

Boys Next Door, Delusion of Darkness, Eleemosynary, History of the Devil, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Titus Andronicus

Matt Lunsford

Matt Lunsford

All New People, Eleemosynary, Lieutenant of Inishmore, March of the Kitefliers, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Quills, Ros and Guil, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, Woman in Mind

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Brian M. Smallheer

Acropolis, All New People, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Beauty Queen, boom, Boys Next Door, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Ros and Guil, Serpent, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, This is How it Goes, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Topdog Underdog, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Katrina Stevenson

Katrina Stevenson

Acropolis, America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Bible abridged, Blackbird, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, Boston Marriage, Chapel Perilous, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Crimes of the Heart, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Playing With Fire, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

David Valdez

David J. Valdez

Gorey Stories, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Serpent, Short Comings 2009

Media

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Gallery

(L-R) Kari Goetz, Steve Garland and Dominic Russo in Jobsite's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

The Ensemble of Jobsite's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

The Ensemble of Jobsite's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Previews

The Whole Gory Story Behind Lieutenant of InishmoreSt. Petersburg Times

Blood By The Gallon Spills In Dark Comedy – Tampa Tribune

The unsung heroics from production of The Lieutenent of Inishmore – feature blog post by director David M. Jenkins on Creative Loafing

More Reviews

“The production was very well acted, especially the parts of Padraic and Mairead. There’s real chemistry between the characters and they develop an almost Mickey and Mallory Knox-like bond…. This play is also not for the squeamish, as the blood continues to pile up through the final act.” – MyTampaLife.com

“All of the acting is superb. Irish accents are spot-on, and the cast works well as an ensemble…. Martin McDonagh’s plotting is immaculate…. Even though I usually don’t like violence at all, it was humorous in the context of the play…. I would definitely recommend this play.” – ARTS NET, Tampa Bay

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Patron Reviews

Thank you for an excellent evening of entertainment. Fantastic work all around! – Michael C. McGreevy

The show was AMAZING!!! Congrats to you and everybody at Jobsite for a job VERY well done. I had tears streaming down my face walking out from laughing so hard during Act II. We’re planning on seeing it a second time; we loved it so. – Jessica Ansert

LOVED IT! – Catherine Matthews & Melissa Freeman

What a wonderfully staged, acted and produced play. Loved the twist of an ending! Jobsite Theater is like a fine red Bordeaux, it just keeps improving with age. And the 09/10 season looks to be the very best ever. Keep it up, folks – your efforts make Tampa so much more livable and enjoyable. – Sharon & Lew Sibert

I saw Lieutenant of Inishmore Sunday afternoon and in spite of the gore, the wincing and the ewwww-ing, I loved it! I’ve just sent a PayPal contribution to help defray some of your special effects costs. Keep up the great work! – Susan Martin

Kari, your dad and I are just so proud … For the past couple of months when you told me about this show, I couldn’t understand how it was a comedy. It just seemed so sick that our little girl was excited about playing with guns and dead bodies. Well, I can tell you, we both laughed at the show until our sides hurt. It’s some of the best work I’ve seen Jobsite produce. Congratulations! – Kathy Goetz

What a show, top to bottom. Thanks to you and the cast for the treat. We sat front and center, sipping Jack, and nearly got wet. The only thing that would have made it better: free refills. – Ben Montgomery

I was at the preview on Wednesday night and I really enjoyed the show. Solid performances by the entire cast… Thanks Jobsite for continuing to bring the best plays to Tampa. – Lorne Lakin

Do not miss this one if you are in Tampa. Jobsite gets better every single time. – Susan Oliver

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