Stage Fright

THEATER

Jobsite Theaters opens its 2006-07 season with The Pillowman, a disturbing, pitch-black comedy that's a great alternative to the typical, just-in-time-for-Halloween productions. Set in an interrogation room of an anonymous totalitarian state, The Pillowman tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer who's being questioned about the gruesome content of his short stories, which bear a striking resemblance to a series of brutal child slayings occurring in his town. Martin McDonagh's provocative examination of the relationship between social and artistic responsibility is full of twists and turns, and is delivered via the mercilessly violent style of the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone. (And yes, I am implying that The Pillowman is intended for mature audiences only, so leave the youngsters at home.) Oct. 12-29, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., Shimberg Playhouse-TBPAC, downtown Tampa, $19.50-$24.50, 813-229-7827, www.tbpac.org.

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