By Andrew Gans
and Robert Simonson
18 Sep 2005
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The Broadway run, which began March 21 and officially opened April 10, ends with the conclusion of the current company's contracts. The show recouped its entire $2.2 million investment the week ending Aug. 21, and will close at a profit.
The Pillowman, starring Billy Crudup, Jeff Goldblum, Zeljko Ivanek and Michael Stuhlbarg and directed by John Crowley, was produced by Boyett Ostar and Robert Fox, Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland, Debra Black, Dede Harris, Morton Swinsky, Roy Furman/Jon Avnet in association with Joyce Schweickert.
The show, which peppers its portrait of a bleak totalitarian society with the grimmest of Grimm-like fairy tales, marked a stylistic change of pace for playwright McDonagh, known for gritty, often violent, but largely naturalistic localized dramas like The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West.
Set in an unnamed, vaguely Eastern European totalitarian state, The Pillowman first strikes Pinteresque and then expressionistic and Grand Guignol notes.
The script is replete with macabre tales, some described by the cops, some told by Katurian to his brother, some related directly to the audience and enacted by a supporting cast that includes Ted Koch, Virginia Louise Smith, Jesse Shane Bronstein and Madeleine Martin.
The design team for The Pillowman comprised Scott Pask (scenic and costume design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design) and Paul Arditti (sound design). The play featured music by Paddy Cunneen.
The Booth Theatre is located in Manhattan at 222 West 45th Street.