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my love for the pillowman [Mar. 14th, 2005|09:45 pm]
Official LJ Appreciation for The Pillowman
Thank you very much for the invite to join this group. "The Pillowman" deserves a wider audience.

I saw "The Pillowman" at the National Theatre in March 2004. I was in the second row, ten feet away from the brilliant Jim Broadbent. The only thing I knew about the play was the creepy description on the National's brochure. After the play was over I realized that it was the best show I had seen in my life. "The Pillowman" disturbed me, terrified me, and made me laugh. It's amazing. The cast was superb and I felt privileged to have seen it. I told everyone I could about it and reread all of Martin McDonagh's previous work (I had only read "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" beforehand). I couldn't get it out of my head for weeks. The play is so complex and has so many themes, which I'd love to discuss in this group if people are interested.

In November my theatre did a reading of the play that was fairly well attended. I played Katurian, a part that I'd love to play in professional theatre someday.

I'm very excited about the Broadway premiere, and have tickets to see it April 16th. Jeff Goldblum is so different from Jim Broadbent, so it should be interesting to compare the two. Billy Crudup looks the part of Katurian, and I think he'll play it well. The other two actors have very good resumes so I'm sure they'll do nicely. The show is being directed and designed by the team from the National, so I'm expecting it to be very very good. Different because of the cast, but incredible.

I realize that I'm gushing, but I do really think that "The Pillowman" is one of the most brilliant plays that I've ever come across. For more info on the Broadway run go to www.pillowmanonbroadway.com
Not too much information yet, but a little.

From: purpleproze
2005-03-15 03:13 am (UTC)
And to start the ball rolling:

Who is the Pillowman in the play? Aside from the story, obviously, does the title refer to Katurian? Michal? Tupolski? The Little Green Pig Girl? Or is there more than one?

Seriously though, what do you think?
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[User Picture]From: mizzliz83
2005-03-15 03:53 pm (UTC)
Hmmm good question, to me it refers to Katurian. But I guess it's open to interpretation, different people may have different views of who it refers to.

Be sure to let us know what you think of the Broadway production once you've seen it. To me Billy Crudup doesn't look like Katurian to me, but Michael Stuhlbarg does look like Michal. That's not to say they won't be good though.
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[User Picture]From: oktober_ghost
2005-03-16 10:32 pm (UTC)
I have sadly never seen The Pillowman; looking at the prices and the casting for the Broadway production, I won't be seeing it in the near future either.

However, I have read the play (and greatly enjoyed and admired it). I believe that they are all Pillowmen. All of them try to save the world in their own way. All of them think they are right for whatever they have done.

Saviors them all. Mad men them all. In someone's eyes.
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[User Picture]From: my_own_petard
2005-03-20 02:43 am (UTC)
Actually, I have to say that I agree with Oktober Ghost's assessment. If one takes a look at each of these four characters, every single one believes that the choices he makes—for those around him, over those around him, over life and death—are the right ones, the honorable ones, for the situations they are faced with.

Each one believes himself a savior of a sort. Each one plays God. Each one is the Pillowman.
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