Who knew Chris Pine
had it in him? Sure, we've seen the "Star Trek" actor
in Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig"
at the Geffen Playhouse in 2007 and in Beau Willimon's "Farragut North"
two years later at the Geffen. But the Irish accent? The violence? The comic timing? And his special way with cats? Pine was the man to watch in the Mark Taper Forum production of Martin McDonagh's blood-soaked black comedy "The Lieutenant of Inishmore." As crazed Irish terrorist Padraic, who was willing to shoot his own father over a mishap with his cat, Pine still managed to show off his charm. And, as Times theater critic Charles McNulty noted
: "The conviction and fine-grained texture of his acting continue to impress, as does the exemplary way he's been managing his career -- one of the few young box-office guns eager to enrich his talent every bit as much as his bank account." Oh, and it didn't hurt that Taper audiences had a bloody good time.
-- Lisa Fung