Already closed | 2h 30m | Gramercy

The Pillowman

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Clever, Ambitious

About the show

The Seeing Place Theater presents Martin McDonagh's Olivier Award-winning drama about the role and responsibility of the artist. More…

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, "The Pillowman" centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

2h 30m | Already closed | The Clarion Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (8)


Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Clever, Ambitious
Avg Score


See it if You trust the theater that is putting this on. I have seen this play done a bit better but I’ve also seen it done much worse

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that are very different unusual and scary at times. It’s also very long

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like to be challenged.

Don't see it if you're looking for a funny show, or one that echoes your own beliefs.

Also This show has a world-view possibly more bleak than King Lear and yet ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you love "The Pillowman", a classic McDonagh piece.

Don't see it if you love "The Pillowman". It doesn't do the text justice, and completely misses the mark on it being a "dark comedy".

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You appreciate intelligent writing, and deep subject matter that will spark meaningful conversations.

Don't see it if You get easily disturbed by bad things happening to children.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if A must see show.

Don't see it if You are not into drama.

Clever, Original, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You have a dark sense of humor and enjoy a good tragedy.

Don't see it if You are squeamish or offended by sacrilegious themes.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like boundary-pushing dramas that explore the darkness of humanity.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to images of torture.

For a previous production
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy haunting, thought provoking and challenging plays that might make you slightly uncomfortable.

Don't see it if you are squeamish or easily disturbed.

December 7th, 2015
"The tight-knit company appears to be having a ball...Fortunately for us, 'The Pillowman' is not unrelentingly bleak. Instead, it offers up just enough sarcasm, gallows humor, irony, and snarky observations, divvied out at just the right times with just the right tone, so that we surprise ourselv...
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December 9th, 2015
"Presented by humble means, 'The Pillowman' makes up with raw, memorable performances from its central characters, for what it lacks in production value. Initially, it’s a challenge to overlook the sparse, rather dated surroundings. However, it’s almost startling how effective the performances ar...
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December 10th, 2015
"The Clarion Theater’s intimate performing space totally connects the audience to the performers. The play’s eerie past, present and future villainy is ably co-directed by Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker who also stars as Katurian. Their spooky result sent chills up my spine. Daniel Michal Perez...
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December 7th, 2015
"It is no surprise that McDonagh, whose work has a long and rich history of mixing the darkest humor with death, murder, mutilation, dismemberment, violence and shock, reveals nothing for the first twenty minutes. The audience, like Katurian, are left to piece together what has happened as the d...
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