The Big Sleep

Forget the haunted houses and the crappy slasher films — the scariest spectacle you can treat yourself to this weekend is the premiere of Ground Up and Rising’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at ArtSouth Sanctuary Performing Arts Center. The most ambitious work in the young Irishman’s acclaimed oeuvre, The Pillowman dispenses with all the useless flimflam and gadgetry that haunt horror flicks and keep the action restricted to one interrogation room as the police attempt to break a fiction writer suspected in a string of gruesome child murders. And gruesome is perhaps an understatement. Think as sick and twisted as possible and then double it.

“We absolutely love the work,” says Ground Up and Rising’s Arturo Fernandez. “And we’ve wanted to produce it for years.” Now is their chance to prove they have what it takes to bring this world-class — as in Tony Award-winning — material to life. Friday night’s show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday also. Sunday is a 3 p.m. curtain.
Fri., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 1, 3 p.m., 2009


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