February 2 - 25
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
By Martin McDonagh
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Industry Nights: Mondays, Feb 12 & 19 at 8pm
Production Supporting Sponsor: The Wine Bar at Tim’s Wine Market, Avalon Park
“Appallingly entertaining” – The New York Times
“A cheerfully bizarre play…not for the faint of heart.” – The Hollywood Reporter
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a gleefully gruesome comedy about a merciless Irish terrorist and what matters most to him: his precious black cat, Wee Thomas. After his cat is found dead, the heartbroken hit man becomes hell-bent on finding the person responsible. The brutal carnage that ensues makes for an outrageous, blood-drenched comedy that explores the absurdity of the endless violence that engulfs our world. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and Tony Award nominee for Best Play.
An Avant Garden production
Tickets: $29 ($25 students/seniors)
Special discounted pricing for opening night, Industry Nights and Thursday performances.
This dark comedy contains adult language, mature themes, gunfire and extreme violence and is unsuitable for younger audiences. No cats are harmed in the making of this production.
The Avant Garden symbol identifies those works that may be lesser known, more cutting-edge or challenging, or that are new, original productions. These productions or events will give audiences something new to see, experience and discuss.
This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.
cast & crew
Padraic – Zach Lane
Mairead – Rachel Comeau
Davey – Joseph Fabian
Donny – Don Fowler
James – Adam Minossora
Christy – John Michael McDonald
Joey – Forrest Stringfellow
Brendan – Michael Dritto
Director – Mark Routhier
Stage Managers – Michelle Sorbino, Blue Estrella
Lighting Designer – Amy Hadley
Set Designer – Kyle Ransbottom
Costume Designer / Blood Specialist – Kyla Swanberg
Special Effects / Blood Director – Alan Ostrander
Sound Designer – Joshua Seyna
Properties Managers – Blue Estrella, Kendall Myers
Lead Carpenter – Daniel Cooksley
Scenic Artist – Cameron Gagne
Dialect Coach – Ginny Kopf
Fight Director – Bill Warriner
Additional Crew – Jordan Laica, Ben Lowe, Gabriel Neil Barnert
Photographer – Steven Miller
Review: Bloody good comedy (yes, comedy) about the horrors of violence
By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Theater Critic | February 3, 2018
In the 1990s I was working in a London pub, where my duties included periodically checking the men’s room for hidden IRA bombs.
This was deadly serious business — so I wondered if I would laugh at “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” Martin McDonagh’s dark and violent comedy about Northern Irish terrorists. As it turned out, I laughed loudly and I laughed a lot.
Produced by Beth Marshall Presents at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, “Lieutenant of Inishmore” displays the hallmarks of the long-running partnership: Strong direction, in this case by Mark Routhier; superior casting and top-notch production values.
Routhier, a former director of new play development for Orlando Shakespeare Theater, really finds the funny in McDonagh’s twisted tale. Oscar nominated for writing and directing “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” McDonagh has brilliantly crafted this play’s comedy around the quirky characters, not the violence they create.
Padraic (Zach Lane) belongs to a second-tier terrorist militia — the IRA wouldn’t accept him because he was “too mad.” As the show opens, good-natured Davey (Joseph Fabian) has just discovered that Padraic’s beloved cat has been killed. Meanwhile, Davey’s sister Mairead (Rachel Comeau) wants to join a militia — preferably one that keeps her close to Padraic.
Fabian pitches his performance perfectly — almost exasperated as the bodies pile up around him. As Padraic’s dad, Don Fowler becomes Fabian’s delightful partner in crime. Lane is charmingly, crazily, dizzily off-kilter, but could show more flashes of menace. Comeau doesn’t fully connect her sharp-shooting character’s thoughts to her actions, though as usual, she has striking stage presence.
Routhier keeps this blood-soaked escapade removed from reality just enough that we can laugh at Padraic’s grudging respect for the IRA: “You have to hand it to them; they know how to make a decent bomb.” Not all the actors handle their Irish brogue with the same aplomb, but if the voices occasionally sound stagey, that also reminds us this is fiction.
McDonagh’s points, though, are solidly real: How both sides in a “righteous” conflict are equally barbaric, how violence begets more violence, how terrorism strikes the innocent, how cats are more deserving of love than many people.
After 15 shows in 10 years, the partnership between Beth Marshall Presents and Garden Theatre ends with “Inishmore.” The collaboration saw both organizations grow from fledgling companies to powerhouse players — and it dramatically elevated the region’s theatrical offerings. An appropriate finale, this sit-up-and-take-notice show does BMP, the Garden and the community proud.
Review: The Lieutenant of Inishmore
By Carl F. Gauze, Archikulture Digest | February 5, 2018
If your’re starting your own revolutionary splinter group, you ought to get a better rank then Lieutenant. At least go for a Colonel; the non-military types won’t know the difference. But that’s where Padraic (Lane) appoints himself in his one-man pecking order. He’s a psycho sadist too radical for the Irish Republican Army. Skills include cutting off toes and nipples and other superfluous body parts, but he loves his cat, which he left with his dad Donny (Fowler) and his long-haired loser brother Davey (Fabian). Thoughts of Wee Thomas (Mr. Bombay, that’s the on-stage cat) cheer him up while he’s of tossing bombs into pubs and torturing drug dealers. It’s also his weak point, and when Christy (John Michael McDonald) kills a cat and leaves it for Davey to find, they hope to murder Padraic. Good luck on that, boys.
The story may be brutal and the special effects Halloween Horror nights explicit, but there’s some outstanding theater here tonight. Fowler and Fabian have the potentially funny yet dark lines, and they press hard to balance out the blood and guts on stage. James (Adam Minossora) does his scene upside down in a wood cage with Padraic taunting him and threatening to cut off even more body parts. It’s some of the finest inverted acting to ever grace a central Florida stage. Lane’s Padraic feels balls-to-the-wall psycho; even his budding romance with young Mairead (Rachel Comeau) feels like it could turn into a blood bath at any moment. But you won’t waiting long for the krovvy, before the curtain falls the cast is busy cutting up body parts and putting lots of fake blood on the floor to confound the stage hands. It’s sure funny, and you will surely be ashamed as you laugh.
A quick scan of MacDonagh’s work shows a dark streak. The combination of persistent poverty, political instability and waves of alcohol in his stories push people to desperation. There’s little hope anywhere; Davey repeatedly expresses his belief he won’t survive to the final curtain. Donny accepts his role as the grunt labor when it’s time to dissect the bodies, and Christy’s gang seems lost when a small glitch in their scheme leaves them all blind. I thought their poor firearms safteywork would kill them, but what fun would that be? This is a much darker show than director Routhier normally tackles, but he’s done an excellent job of keeping all this horror just funny enough that people don’t walk out when the fake cat is shot. Buckets of blood here, and buckets of fun.
“It wasn’t the traditional musical or standard show that has been rehashed a thousand times. This was a chance to see something I wouldn’t normally get a chance to. It was very fun and entertaining all the way through and very unpredictable. One of the best live shows I’ve seen in a long time!!!”
“I’m sorry…I absolutely love the Garden Theater and all we’ve seen. But this play was just not for me… it was not funny and so gruesome. The actors were fine…the subject matter was just not for me.”
“I didn’t care for the adult language and at times it was difficult to understand the actors due to their accents. I was truly surprised by the ending. Very good, I didn’t see that coming.”
“It was like “Pulp Fiction” in Ireland and the show was feckin’ hilarious and entertaining and I loved every minute of it. So did my husband. We really enjoyed it. Everyone did a fantastic job. Thanks for being ballsy and doing it.”
“Not at all happy with the content of the play. The actors, however were marvelous.”
“Dr. Bombay’s breakout role was outstanding. He is a cat going places!”