There are two more weekends left in the run of The Lieutenant of Innishmore at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. I’m getting a pretty clear vibe from my friends at Jobsite that they could really use some help getting asses in seats for the last eight performances of the show. We say that a lot (and we always mean it), but it’s particularly important that this show make money for us – or at least break even. Why? Because it was hellishly expensive to produce. Jobsite took a big risk with this production and really made an effort to bring Tampa Bay a show that was unique, and they succeeded. The special effects alone in this show are totally worth seeing it, and that frankly took up a huge portion of the budget.
But hey, don’t go see it for charity reasons. In fact, I can supply you with a list of reasons why you should get off your ass and get over to TBPAC to check it out.
- All three major newspapers gave the show glowing reviews, as did several local blogs. This doesn’t happen all that often. Take, for example, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. It was one of the biggest hits Jobsite ever had, but the Tampa Tribune absolutely trashed it. When all the local critics agree a show is worth seeing you might want to stand up and listen.
- The writer of The Lieutenant of Innismore, Martin McDonagh, has won several awards and was most recently nominated for an Acadamey Award for In Bruges.
- The special effects are totally awesome.
- The cast and crew is made up of some of my favorite people in the world who have been working insanely hard to bring Tampa a quailty production. They spend an hour and a half after every performance cleaning the stage and getting it ready for the next show. That means that on a good night they are getting home around midnight and almost all of them still have day jobs (Tampa doesn’t really support living wages for actors). I’ve been watching them like a worried old man for the last few weeks, cautioning them to make sure to eat well and get plenty of rest. Every show deserves to make enough to let the actors see some extra scratch in the final paycheck, but this show in particular is requiring lots of effort beyond the actual acting.
- Kari Goetz and Matt Lunsford have great chemistry. Seriously. Such talented actors! Also, they are both hot (least that’s what I hear about Matt. Tall, blonde haired blue eyed englishmen don’t really do it for me, though). Eye candy doesn’t suck.
- It’s funny as hell. I probably should have mentioned that before, but it really is.
- Greta will scold you if you don’t go. You don’t want that. Seriously.
- Tickets to see the show are only $24.50, and if you pay attention to the Jobsite Blog or follow them on Twitter you can often get some great list minute ticket prices. Considering the high cost of Broadway tickets these days, supporting local theater for the cost of a movie with popcorn and a drink is a great deal. You can also see said movie at any time when it comes out on DVD. Once a Jobsite show closes that unique experience is lost forever.
- I’m Irish. This show is about Irish people. If you don’t go see this show it must mean you hate Irish people and, by extension, me.
- Every single person in this production has a better Irish accent than Sean Connery.
Ok, I think I’ve made my point. Please, go see The Lieutenant of Innishmore. Support Local Theater!!