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Lieutenant of Inishmore (Garrick)
No one likes Martin
McDonagh's brutal comedy more than the author himself: asked
by The Observer to name the best plays of last year, he chose this
one, "because it's the only play that counted".
(And, asked to
name a turkey, he proceeded to bite the hand that fed him, the RSC
- when both the National and Royal Court had unwisely turned this
play down - by declaring that the low points of the year were "every
other stupid empty f***ing play the RSC did in 2001, and I had to
f***ing watch 'em!")
The play, like
the man who wrote it, is similarly scabrous and funny and joyfully
ambivalent: at once not taking itself too seriously yet deadly serious.
It's packed with those paradoxes: a comedy about terrorism, and
a critique of violence that is itself remorselessly violent.