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The Pillowman
     

The Pillowman

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by Martin McDonagh
 

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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

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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 similarities to a number of child-murders occurring in his town.

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“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

The New York Times Ben Brantley
Energizing . . . a blindingly bright black comedy.
Financial Times Alastair Macaulay
A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity.
Evening Standard Nicholas de Jongh
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.
Daily Mail Michael Coveney
A play of extraordinary power and stunning theatrical bravura.
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.
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.
Variety
McDonagh's least forgiving, bravest play.
Financial Times
A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571220328
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
107,498
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.34(d)

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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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The Pillowman 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
slimikin More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.