The Pillowman Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 14 2010

Staging just about anything in Redtwist's cramped storefront space is an exercise in claustrophobia--a fact director Kimberly Senior adroitly exploits in this harrowing production. Martin McDonagh's 2003 play focuses on Katurian Katurian, a writer facing bumbling, terrifying police interrogation after children have been found murdered in the precise fashion outlined in his gruesome short stories. Senior places the actors in a narrow alley between opposing rows of seats, so audience members have a close-up view of the cat-and-mouse game. A smart, meticulous cast play most everything tight to the vest, making for a taut, absorbing evening. Peter Oyloe's performance as Katurian's mentally impaired brother is the show's heartbreaking highlight. --Justin Hayford

Price: $17-$30

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