The dark comedy, “The Pillowman” is a stunner of a play surrounding two siblings, Katurian and Michal, who are being held in prison under suspicion that the former may have murdered three small children in a way that eerily reflects tales they have written. McDonagh does not hold back on the horror as two hardened, and potentially violent, detectives of an unnamed totalitarian state attempt to get to the bottom of the crimes. This dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, the master of the horror-comedy, poses unanswerable questions: Can stories hold the power to cause atrocities? Where is the line between truth and folklore? Drawing on inspiration as diverse as The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christen Anderson, and Antonin Artaud, The Pillowman is a dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers.
~ Winner of 2 Tonys for production (nominated in 4 other categories)
~ Winner of 2 Drama Desk Awards
~ Winner of the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play
~ Winner of 2004/05 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play
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