Killer Joe by Tracy Letts

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Full Length, Black Comedy

Characters: 3 male, 2 female

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This exciting first play by the author of August: Osage County premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf before going on to acclaimed productions in London and New York. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for insurance money, "Killer Joe" takes the daughter to bed as a retainer against his final payoff which sets in motion a bloody aftermath as the "hit man" meets his match.

"Set in Dallas, Killer Joe revels in its white trash stereotypes, and gives you permission to do the same; it's pulp fiction which has it both ways, deriving humor from dirty realism. It's slick, it's well constructed, it knows exactly where it's going."-New York Daily News


About Tracy Letts

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Tracy Letts is the author of Killer Joe, Bug and Man From Nebraska, which was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where "August: Osage County" premiered.
Published January 1, 1999 by Samuel French Inc. 78 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A dangerously charismatic Matthew McConaughey plays a Texas hitman in this redneck updating of Double Indemnity. 

Jul 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Killer Joe

Los Angeles Times

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William Friedkin's film of Tracy Letts' play leaves little to the imagination, and that can really mess up your mind.

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Time Out New York

Anyway, here's what I thought of this film: it was very disturbing and misogynistic, but with a lot of great performances, esp Juno Temple.

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