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"White-trash Gothic with a comic-book spin, a sort of Tobacco Road according to Wes Craven," said the Wall Street Journal. "Cynical, sick, exploitive and gross," yowled the London Daily Telegraph, "but schlock horror doesn't come funnier or more compelling than this." They're describing Tracy Letts' Killer Joe, a darker-than-dark comedy about the Smiths, a troubled Texas trailer-park family who've just decided to subcontract the contract killing of an ex-wife to the title character, a full-time cop with an interesting little business on the side--but a Southern gentleman through and through. Raleigh Ensemble Players closes the season with this disturbing mystery/comedy Thursday, May 5 and Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. and Friday, May 6 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15; call 832-9607 or go to www.realtheatre.org.

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