Micro-Review #128: Killer Joe

by Tracy Letts

A decade before he wrote AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, Tracy Letts came up with this hyperbolic story about angst in a trailer park in the South. Chris, the play’s main character, gives us the flavor of the tale when he describes his home state of Texas as “nothing more than a bunch of hicks with too much space to walk around in.” Judging from the intrigues and mayhem that follow, he might have a point. The story has everything you’d expect in a good black comedy: addiction, greed, lust, sentimentality, revenge. The humor is superb and unexpected, the violence extreme. No punches get pulled. The result is a unique and memorable read.

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