Martin McDonaghs 2003 play The Pillowman is indeed grim material. In an unnamed totalitarian state, a writer of gruesome short stories they contain graphic descriptions of child torture and murder is interrogated by two policemen for his implication in a series of actual killings. Turns out the writer has a haunted past, and he goes to extreme lengths to protect his legacy as a writer.
Houston, TX 77004
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The plays ambiguous setting also makes it versatile, and Houstons Midnight Theatre Company has embraced the opportunity for some unconventional casting, particularly actress Jasmine D.S. Torres as the cold-as-ice cop Tupolski. It will certainly add an interesting dynamic to McDonaghs incendiary script, which to our knowledge is largely an all-boy affair, even though its been performed in several languages (Jeff Goldblum played Tupolski on Broadway in 2005). We cant help but get a Law and Order: SVUvibe from Midnights choice here, and thats a good thing. 8 p.m. May 27 and 28 and June 2 through 4, 3 p.m. May 29. Midtown Arts Center, 3414 La Branch. For information, call 832-794-1973 or visit www.themidnighttheatre.com. $12 to $15.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: May 27. Continues through June 4, 2011