If Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, and Sean O’Casey teamed up to
write a play, it might not be as gruesome and sidesplitting as The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Martin McDonagh’s award-winning bloodbath essentially chronicles the
emotional roller coaster that is the daily grind of being a terrorist
in a remote, rural Irish town. The troubles all start when two of the
primary sadistic brute’s sidekicks find his pet kitty dead. The rage
and frantic scheming it triggers will make any Halloween fright fest
look like a stroll on the beach. And there’s Irish wit, too. Catch the
New England premiere at the New Repertory Theatre (Arsenal
Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, 617.923.8487).
Tickets ($35 to $55; $13 student rush) are available at www.newrep.org or 617.923.8487.