Martin McDonagh has his own unique style of black comedy in which the grisly details and violent interactions make you wince, or laugh, or both. The Pillowman won the Laurence Olivier Award and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best new play in 2004. The hero, Katurian, is a writer of gruesome short stories about child murders. When local crimes duplicate details of his stories, the police come calling. The outrageous interrogation that follows is set in a "police state," and the characters have foreign-sounding names, but the sly humor and soul-shaking desperation belong very much to McDonagh's native Ireland.