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Official LJ Appreciation for The Pillowman

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[Apr. 29th, 2006|08:30 pm]
Official LJ Appreciation for The Pillowman


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[music |Someone to Fall Back On, Jason Robert Brown]

So, it doesn't seem like anyone has posted here in a long time. And the show has closed. And I'm American. But still, I'm posting.

I think it's unspeakably awesome that there is a Pillowman LJ community. I read the Pillowman last summer and fell utterly in love. It started me on a play-reading phase that has continued to the present. I saw the show in New York in the fall, and was absolutely swept away.

I understand that NY theater is mortifyingly commercial, and I dread what NY producers will do to Billy Elliot, the only show I've ever seen in the West End, when it comes over. However, acknowledging the flaws of my area of the world and the fact that I did not see the British production, I'd like to put in my word for the U.S. actors.

I thought Billy Crudup was absolutely brilliant. He was really the way I pictured Katurian while reading the play, and his performance astounded me. Goldblum, I'll admit, seemed slightly... like Goldblum, if you know what I mean. Like, he came out and there was that aura of the actor, the personality, accompanying that of the character. However, in the end he did please me as Tupolski. I felt a strong attachment to Ariel when I read the play, and Zeljko Ivanek didn't quite embody him the way I had pictured. Still, his portrayal made me see the character in a different way, and I enjoyed viewing him from a different perspective. Michael Stuhlberg was a tad bit shrill for my taste, but his acting was top notch. Overall, I think the NY production was stunning. I only wish I had been able to view the London.

I love so many things about the play. The wonderful parallels of the different characters, and their different ideas about the world and their role in it. The way Katurian's stories were played out on the stage. Just the perfect way it all fit together was marvelous. And the dialogue! It was touching and terrifying at the appropriate times, but also so funny! "Black comedy," indeed. The ending made me cry- the whole add-on to the story.

Martin McDonagh is only in his thirties. He wrote all his plays within a year when he was in his twenties, and hasn't written since. He stated that he wanted more life experience, needed more before the "voices" came back to him. I can only hope they return soon.

"Your name is Katurian Katurian Katurian?"
"Like I said, my parents were funny people."
"Mm. For 'funny' I guess read 'stupid fucking idiots.'"