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While still in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has filled houses in New York and London, been showered with the theatre world's most prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies. With echoes of Stoppard and Kafka, his latest drama, The Pillowman, is the viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their ...

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Overview

While still in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has filled houses in New York and London, been showered with the theatre world's most prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies. With echoes of Stoppard and Kafka, his latest drama, The Pillowman, is the viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders occurring in his town.

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Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR MARTIN MCDONAGH AND THE PILLOWMAN:

"McDonagh is destined to be one of the theatrical luminaries of the 21st century." --The New Republic

"Energizing . . . a blindingly bright black comedy." --Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity." --Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times

"Martin McDonagh, master of bad taste in black comedy’s cause and persistent enfant terrible, leaps towards maturity in this dazzling, disquieting nightmare of a play which makes up its own Grimm fairy-tales." --Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard

"A play of extraordinary power and stunning theatrical bravura." --Michael Coveney, Daily Mail

Variety
McDonagh's least forgiving, bravest play.
Chicago Tribune
[McDonagh is] a dangerously prodigious master of theatrical form with a talent that goes far deeper than most people understand...THE PILLOWMAN [is] thoroughly startling and genuinely intimidating.
Financial Times
A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity.
NY Times
Energizing...a blindingly bright black comedy...[what makes] the unsettling and exhilarating new play from Mr. McDonagh...so gripping as theater is how narrative art becomes the play's and the character's very life blood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571220328
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 163,032
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin McDonagh is the author of six plays, including the Tony Award-nominated The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Great Play!!

    This Play is extremely well written and it has a lot of dark comedy in it. It is definetly a play you will not want to put down.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    Suspenseful!

    This show is an amazing piece. Not only is the writing stimulating and leaves you in horror, but to work on and see a show like this sends you through an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you breathless. The only bad things I can say about this piece is that sometimes full conclusions are not drawn from the stories told by Katurian. But it will leave the reader pondering the message of the play and will spark brillant debate among friends.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Wish I could see as well as read this

    Katurian has written hundreds of stories but has only published one. That one, however, bears a striking resemblance to a child's murder. And as the police discover when they arrest Katurian, many of his unpublished stories, all gruesome and "downbeat," match the details of other, unsolved child murders. But Katurian seems to have no idea why he's even been arrested....

    I'm still a little undecided about this play: it's blunt and intriguing but also dark and rather horrific. And I know there's a message about the nature and purpose of art in there somewhere, but I think I'm going to have to let the play sit and percolate for a little while before I can come to any solid conclusions about what that message is. This is the sort of play, I believe, that one almost needs to see interpreted on stage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    The latest from a disturbing master

    This play probably has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The current NY production is about as immaculate as any one could imagine for this material. But even having seen it, there is still an added jolt in reading it afterward, if only to savor the superb writing. This play will be around for a long time. There are some aspects of its subject matter which are repellent, but overall it is a glorious play.

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