Yes, war is hell, but when seen through the brilliant and imaginative filter of Kurt Vonnegut’s mind, it can also be hellishly funny. Arguably the greatest American humorist since Twain, Vonnegut (Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions) is at his best in Slaughterhouse-Five, recounting the horrors of World War II with sly wit, sci-fi zaniness and the profound insight of a survivor and veteran. This fractured tale of the fallout of war finds protagonist Billy Pilgrim unstuck in time, traveling between wartime Germany, the fictitious town of Ilium, New York, and the equally fictitious alien planet Tralfamadore. Deeply hilarious from the get-go – and increasingly moving as the story progresses – Slaughterhouse-Five is one play you won’t soon forget. Now, the Book-It Repertory Theatre production of this modern literary masterpiece can be seen on the stage of the Center Theatre.
Slaughterhouse-Five at Center Theatre
Lower Queen Anne
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