Lieutenant's Off-Broadway Run Ends April 9 Prior to Broadway

News   Lieutenant's Off-Broadway Run Ends April 9 Prior to Broadway The sold-out Atlantic Theater Company production the U.S. premiere of The Lieutenant of Inishmore ends its Off-Broadway run April 9 — 10 days before it moves uptown to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre.
From Left: David Wilmot and Kerry Condon in The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
From Left: David Wilmot and Kerry Condon in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Photo by Monique Carboni

The staging by the resident not-for-profit opened Feb. 27 after previews from Feb. 8.

All but one in the ATC cast, a mix of U.K. and U.S. actors, will move to Broadway. Kerry Condon left the run April 2 to return to shooting the TV series "Rome." Alison Pill replaced her in the role of a hot-headed young woman whose passion for all things Irish matches the fervor of the terrorist title character. She falls for him.

McDonagh’s Olivier Award-winning play is wickedly funny satire of terrorism and violent personalities. Critics ate the show up in London and New York.

Broadway performances begin 8 PM April 19 in anticipation of a May 3 opening.

"Set on a lonely island, this most surprising new work chronicles the shockingly funny events that come to pass when someone kills Wee Thomas, the beloved cat of an Irish Liberation Army enforcer," according to the producers. "It all builds to a stunning surprise that has audiences laughing in disbelief at every performance." The producers are asking audiences to keep the play's ending a secret. Why ruin a bloody good time for future audiences?

The scenic design, which includes a shabby country house and black, craggy, coastal rocks that serve as a neutral playing area, is expected to be expanded slightly for the Broadway move.

In addition to Alison Pill, the production features Jeff Binder as James, 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. Domhnall Gleeson and David Wilmot are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and U.K. Equity.

Wilson Milam directs the production.

The design team includes scenic designer Scott Pask (The Pillowman, Sweet Charity), costume designer Theresa Squire (Orson's Shadow, Atlantic's Bald Soprano and The Lesson), lighting designer Michael Chybowski (Wit, A Skull in Connemara), sound designer Obadiah Eaves (Atlantic's Celebration and The Room). Fight direction is by J. David Brimmer.

The Lyceum Theatre is at 149 W. 45th Street.

The Broadway performance schedule will be Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM.

There will be an added performance Monday May 1 at 8 PM and no performance Thursday May 4.

Tickets available by phone at (212) 239-6200 and online through Telecharge.com, or in person at the Lyceum Theatre box office.

Tickets are $46.25, $71.25 and $91.25 for all performances except Wednesday matinees ($36.25, $71.25, and $81.25). All prices include a $1.25 facility fee.

For more information, visit www.lieutenantofinishmore.com.

*

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. He won an 2006 Academy Award for directing.

The play is part of McDonagh's trilogy of Aran Island plays, which also includes The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Banshees of Inisheer.