The critically acclaimed black comedy, lauded by critics since it opened in its American premiere Feb. 27, will continue through April 9 before it moves to the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway beginning April 18. Opening night is May 3.
Martin McDonagh's Oliver Award-winning play "is set in 1993 in County Galway on the rocky island of Inishmore, off the coast of Ireland. Padraic is a terrorist with no feeling for those he blows up, but has an obsessive attachment to Thomas, his beloved cat. But someone has killed poor wee Thomas. Was it an accident or an execution? Either way, the death must be concealed before 'Mad Padraic' returns from a stint of torture and bombing. Otherwise the recriminations will be horrifying."
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is directed by Wilson Milam and features Jeff Binder as James, Kerry Condon as Mairead, Andrew Connolly as Christy, Dashiell Eaves as Joey, Peter Gerety as Donny, Domhnall Gleeson as Davey, Brian d'Arcy James as Brendan and David Wilmot as Padraic.
Tickets to the Broadway production will be available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 beginning March 26. The Lyceum box office opens April 3.
Lieutenant will likely be a contender in the 2006 Tony Award race for Best Play. McDonagh has thrice been nominated for a Best Play Tony Award (for Beauty Queen, The Lonesome West and The Pillowman), but has never won the prize. The playwright recently announced that, for the time being, he has no plans to write any more plays.
The play is part of McDonagh's trilogy of Aran Island plays, which also includes The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Banshees of Inisheer.