Chicago, Illinois - The Pillowman - 2006 Trip
Take the description “dark comedy” seriously. There’s a strong emphasis on the dark in this exploration of abuse and the influence abuse has on a child’s psyche. The love between brothers and the examination of physical versus mental torture is intense. The intensity is broken by moments of hilarity, but even the humor provokes a guilty, nervous laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed both the writing and the acting in this intense, dark play. That said, it’s not a play for everyone. Many will find its themes uncomfortable or distasteful; however, I found them bold and thought provoking. The Pillowman examines the use of writing to alleviate the pain in a writer’s life as well as how childhood informs who a person becomes as an adult.