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Feline mischief results in bloodshed in ‘Lieutenant’

Don't mess with the cat. Big Idea Theatre presents "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" by Martin McDonagh, opening Aug. 2. Photo by Joelle Robertson
Don't mess with the cat. Big Idea Theatre presents "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" by Martin McDonagh, opening Aug. 2. Photo by Joelle Robertson

SACRAMENTO — Big Idea Theatre’s 2013 Face the Tyrant season continues Aug. 2 with the opening of the hilariously bloody and delightfully macabre offering of “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” by Martin McDonagh.

On the island of Inishmore, an accident has happened involving Wee Thomas, a cat belonging to Padriac, an Irish freedom fighter with anger management issues. Padriac begins his search for those responsible, hell-bent on seeking the truth about what happened and avenging his beloved cat.

In an interview with The New Yorker, McDonagh states, “The characters are going to converge like the iceberg and the Titanic.” Uproarious, over-the-top and unmistakably Irish, this play is not for the faint of heart, but will have you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of the wild and bloody ride.

The last time Big Idea mounted a Martin McDonagh play in 2011 with “The Pillowman,” it garnered the group both audience and critical acclaim as well as three Elly nominations (Best Overall Production, Best Director and a win for best supporting actor Shawn B O’Neal).

Big Idea’s Artistic Director Brian Harrower (also the director of this production) said, “McDonagh’s ability to take simple situations past the brink of comic absurdity and still keep them human is unparalleled. Inishmore is a brilliant alchemical mixing of love, violence, and humor; romance and childhood affection set against the backdrop of blood spattered walls.”

Cast
Padraic: Justin Muñoz; Mairead: Kat Muñoz; Davey: Benjamin T. Ismail; Donny: Scott Divine; Christy: Ryan Snyder; Joey: Matthew Donaldson; Brendan: Eric Stine Alley; and James: Jouni Kirjola.

Details
“The Lieutenant of Inishmore” by Martin McDonagh and directed by Brian Harrower is playing at Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. in Sacramento, Aug. 2-31. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. General admission tickets are $16 online/$20 at the door; students, sentios and SARTA members pay $14/$18 and on Thrify Thursdays all seats are $10.

For tickets and more information call (916) 960-3036 or visit bigideatheatre.com.

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