The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Corn Stock Winter Playhouse
March 20-21 & 26 - 29
By Erika Evans
To say that Corn Stock's The Lieutenant of Inishmore is unconventional is a complete understatement. With a plot as crazy as the characters that carry it out, this show will not only keep your attention, but stick with you long after the final bows are taken. Be prepared for the unexpected, and slightly disturbing, feeling that is bound to follow you out of the theater.
The story is not at all given away by the set, which consists of one table and two chairs at the beginning of the show. Different props were brought out for different scenes, adding depth to them as well as humor. Thanks to the minimalism of the set, the characters were the complete focus. It also added drama when they did have a prop, drawing the eye to what was most important in the scene. The lighting was dramatic as well, spotlighting the chairs and table for a focused affect while also illuminating the other actors.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore features eight people who are connected by one man, Padric, who is a radical set on freeing Ireland. In his quest to vanquish those who are what he considers enemies of Ireland, Padric goes too far and sets in motion the plots of another radical group against him. This affects people in his hometown of Inishmore, who suffer the consequences when Padric does finally arrive. When the radicals find Padric an unexpected ally comes into play, but tragedy is not escaped.
High energy and emotion were displayed by the entire cast, all of whom were very talented. Donny (Jeff Hopkins) plays the slightly drunk father of Padric, and schemes a way to avoid his sons' wrath. Davey (Frank Drew) is his goofy sidekick who does everything in his power to help the situation, providing some much needed humor. Padric (Cody Cornwell) gives an excellent performance as the incredibly intense focus of the show, the erratic and unstable personality was conveyed entirely. Mairead (Emma Lutterell) the sister of Davey, was the only female in the play and came through as a tough and powerful presence. James (Nyk Sutter), a man who found himself on the wrong end of Padric's temper, is very convincing. Christy (John Carroll), Brendan (Jerrod Barth), and Joey (Andrew Jon Rhodenbaugh) are the team of other rebels that are after Padric. Carroll plays the rough leader who will stop at nothing, Barth is the muscle of the group that adds his intellect into many conversations, and Rhodenbaugh is the sensitive and daring one. The personalities mesh very well together, enforcing fear as well as providing a few laughs.
Through humor as well as shocking disturbances, this play is engaging and surprising. It is not for the faint of heart, as there is explicit language and violence. The show is worth seeing, even just for the fact that you have probably never seen anything like it before.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore continues at Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 pm as well as Sunday, March 29 at 2:30pm. Adult tickets are $10 and students are $7 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
Posted March 21, 2015