The Pain and the Itch

The Pain and the Itch $13

Bruce Norris

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 3 Female

With a young daughter in serious need of attention and a ravenous creature possibly prowling the upstairs bedrooms, what begins as an average Thanksgiving for one privileged family unravels into an exposé of disastrous choices and less-than-altruistic motives

This is a scathing satire of the politics of class and race, a controversial, painfully human examination of denial and its consequences

"The best new play in many a season. There are heady, farcical peaks to this comedy that approach the manic genius of Preston Sturges. But Mr Norris' real target is that great sentimental sham, the idealized American family" ~ NY Observer

"One of the most satisfying theatrical events available today ... Norris writes with a mind that is attuned to the blindness that passes for a shared vision among the emotionally smug and upwardly mobile" ~ The New Yorker

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