Venue Details

Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 73 members
Review from Sarah Burnett
36 events 13 reviews

Fantastic show, great cast. Especially Dennis Arndt, phenomenal!

reviewed Apr 08 2007 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Brace yourself for a play of extraordinary power and stunning theatrical bravura.” —The Daily Mail


Both hilarious and horrifying, The Pillowman tells the gripping tale of a writer whose dark fables seem to be coming to life. In an unnamed totalitarian state, police drag the author Katurian in for questioning; his ghoulish stories are the only clue in a series of recent murders. With Katurian’s brother imprisoned in the next cell, his interrogators will stop at nothing to get the answers they want. Moving seamlessly back and forth between a cramped interrogation room and the fantastic world of Katurian’s imagination, The Pillowman explores family secrets, censorship and the irrepressible power of storytelling. It represents some of the most exhilarating writing that contemporary theatre has to offer.

By Martin McDonagh

Directed by Joy Zinoman

About the Playwright

Martin McDonagh’s plays are The Cripple of Innismaan (London, Royal National Theatre, 1996); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Galway, Druid Theatre/London, The Royal Court Theatre, 1996); A Skull in Connemara (Druid/The Royal Court, 1997); The Lonesome West (Druid/The Royal Court, 1997); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Stratford-upon-Avon, The Royal Shakespheare Company, 2001); and The Pillowman (London, The National Theatre, 2003), which received the 2004 Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award nomination for Best New Play.

McDonagh has been resident playwright at the Royal National Theatre in London and has won numerous awards, including the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, and four Tony Awards for The Beauty Queen of Leenane when it opened on Broadway. He won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter in 2006.

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