VIENNA (AFP) - Hollywood actor John Malkovich in the role of a serial killer may not raise any eyebrows, but put him on stage with just an orchestra and two sopranos and you get an unusual piece of theatre. The Infernal Comedy - Confessions of a Serial Killer, which opened this week at Viennas Ronacher Theatre, casts Malkovich in the role of Jack Unterweger, an Austrian serial killer convicted in 1994 of murdering nine prostitutes. At an event to publicise his autobiography, Unterweger aka Malkovich rants and raves about women, liars, his editor and the evenings pitiful organisation, regularly interrupted by sopranos Laura Aikin and Aleksandra Zamojska, interpreting arias by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven or Haydn. More than a play about his life, the piece is an angered monologue by an egomaniac, a narcissistic Don Juan who adores and at the same time despises women, in turn caressing and strangling his two singing co-stars. Id rather be a killer than a no one, says Malkovichs character, hinting at the motives behind his crimes. Speaking from beyond the grave he committed suicide in prison in 1994 Unterweger teases the audience throughout the almost two-hour piece, promising to reveal his deepest secrets but remorseless until the end. First jailed in 1974 for murder, Unterweger became a minor celebrity after writing a successful autobiography and several plays in prison, securing his early release and going on to work as a journalist. He is believed however to have committed further murders in the Czech Republic and California, and was finally re-arrested in Miami. Created by the Austrian team of Michael Sturminger, Martin Haselboeck and Birgit Hutter, The Infernal Comedy, which runs until Sunday, premiered in 2006 in Los Angeles, also with Malkovich in the main role. Throughout the piece, operatic interludes are provided by Aikin and Zamojska, representing the women in Unterwegers life, from his mother to his lovers and victims. Interrupting his monologue on another occasion, Malkovich petulantly orders the orchestra to entertain the audience while he takes a break. The fragmented result is neither an opera nor a straight play and performed in English moreover, this is an unusual piece for Vienna. But the final applause makes it clear: the main attraction is seeing Malkovich on stage.