The Pillowman

July 11-13 – Yellow Lab Productions Presents The Pillowman in the VK Garage Theater July 11, 12, and 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Comedies don’t come any blacker than “The Pillowman,” the spellbinding stunner of a play by Martin McDonagh. Yet for all its darkness of plot and imagery, “The Pillowman” – which won the Olivier Award in London (2004)- dazzles with a brightness now largely absent from theater. “The Pillowman”‘s true subject is not gruesome crime and unjust punishment, although at first glance of the play, in which a writer is dragged in for questioning, when recent murders resemble his stories, might lead you to believe.  No, what “The Pillowman” is about, above all, is storytelling and the thrilling narrative potential of theater itself. At turns hilarious, horrifying, tense, and tender, with echoes of Kafka, Dostoyevsky, and Mamet – “The Pillowman” is a puzzle without a solution, a testament to the adage that great art should, “comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.”

 

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