Young, Irish and totally hot, Martin McDonagh is a rock star among playwrights. Four of his plays have been nominated for Tony Awards, and a short film he wrote and directed won an Academy Award in 2006 (expect a full-length feature this year). About murder, sex crimes and oddballs, his work is wickedly funny and über-violent.
McDonaghs The Lieutenant of Inishmore, opening today at the Alley Theatre, opens with a cat lying dead on a table. While the death of a pet is cause for sadness in any family, in this case it might be cause for murder. Thats because this cat belongs to Padraic, a psychopathic enforcer of the Irish Liberation Army, who, oh joy, is out planting bombs in the name of a free Ireland. Padraics family and friends all dread his coming home, knowing hell exact a bloody revenge on them for the death of his cat. While IRA hit men and dead cats dont sound like the basis for laugh-out-loud humor, in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, they are. And critics have thrown around terms like brilliant and a triumph describing the play.
The Lieutenant of Inishmores adult language and double helping of violence have earned it a not intended for audiences who might be easily offended warning from the Alley. Hey, sounds exactly like our cup of tea! 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through February 24. 615 Texas. For information, call 7132205700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $41 to $51.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 25. Continues through Feb. 24, 2008