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  • ISBN 0822222051
  • ISBN13 978-0822222057
  • Language English
  • Author Bruce Norris
  • Publisher Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (January 2, 2008)
  • Pages 72
  • Formats rtf lit doc rtf
  • Category Different
  • Subcategory Humanities
  • Size ePub 1630 kb
  • Size Fb2 1693 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 797

In this brief but staggering two-act, playwright Norris demonstrates his skill at drawing out the dark truth that lurks beneath the surface of the “perfectâ? family. His crackling satire takes dead aim at the self-satisfied, left-leaning American upper-middle class and its many self-delusions.

            On a winter afternoon, Kelly and Clay—an attractive, prosperous, seemingly happy couple with a four-year-old daughter and a newborn baby—must explain to a visitor the events of the previous Thanksgiving, on which, so it seems, someone or something had been gnawing at the avocados on their kitchen table. In the course of this holiday gathering—attended by Clayâ?™s mother, a well-meaning but clueless first-grade teacher who spouts pointless liberal bromides; his brother, a plastic surgeon with a nihilistic streak and a taste for martinis; and his brother's girlfriend, a sexy Balkan immigrant with a love for all things American (racism included)—the recent past is unearthed along with revelations of failed marriages, fraternal hatred, infidelity and venereal disease, in the form of their daughterâ?™s nasty genital infection. And itâ?™s a comedy. As the story is gradually unfolded to their visitor, a Muslim cab driver, his relationship to the events becomes increasingly clear, as does the emptiness of the familyâ?™s supposed benevolence and sensitivity.

            With its crashing emotion and cutting humor, this vicious dissection of the comfortable progressive life lays bare the lies that people use to feel righteous even as they veer off a genuinely ethical path.


Bruce Norris is the author of several plays, including The Infidel, Purple Heart, The Unmentionables, and We All Went Down to Amsterdam, all of which have been produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

Bruce Norris is the author of several plays, including The Infidel, Purple Heart, The Unmentionables, and We All Went Down to Amsterdam, all of which have been produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. The Infidel and Purple Heart were published together in 2005 by Northwestern University Press.

Norris is a formalist and I can appreciate his technique to communicate his theme. His sense of dialogue and his ability to draw dramatic tension are exceptional but, his mixture of naturalism with absurdism and a touch of Brecht doesn't fully work for me. The characters are too hateful and the message of a consumptive and defensive America is comprehended in judgment rather than empathy. It becomes a liberal screed shouting self-hating liberal judgment.

Bruce Norris's play offers a wittily ingenious satire on the American brand of. .And the acting is a constant pleasure

Bruce Norris's play offers a wittily ingenious satire on the American brand of phoney liberalism. Norris's target is a broad one but he hits it plumb centre: these are the affluent middle-classes who fail to practise what they preach. And the acting is a constant pleasure. Matthew Macfadyen's Clay is like a petulant child trapped inside an adult body, resorting to playground foot-stamping as he reveals his brother's supposed Republican sympathies. Sara Stewart's Kelly, while ostentatiously nursing an infant at her breast, exudes the steeliness of the corporate high-earner.

Bruce Norris (playwright).

In this brief but staggering two-act, playwright Norris demonstrates his skill at drawing out the dark truth that lurks beneath the surface of the perfect family. His crackling satire takes dead aim at the self-satisfied, left-leaning American upper-middle class and its many self-delusions.

Bruce Norris is the author of several plays, including The Infidel, Purple Heart, The Unmentionables, and We All Went Down to Amsterdam, all of which have been produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Norris lives in Brooklyn.

Bruce Norris's play The Pain and the Itch holds up a mirror to those who want it all: moral superiority and a widescreen TV. It was first staged by Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in June 2005. The play received its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons in September 2006, and was first performed in the UK at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in June 2007. But the truth is, they don't really want to give away their stuff. Their golf clubs and their fifty-two-inch TV.

Clay and Kelly's daughter Kayla has an itch and Carol can't remember who played Gandhi.

Clay and Kelly's daughter Kayla has an itch and Carol can't remember who played Gandhi

Bruce Norris (born May 16, 1960) is an American actor and playwright associated with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago.

Bruce Norris (born May 16, 1960) is an American actor and playwright associated with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. On April 18, 2011, Norris was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Clybourne Park (2010). National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, .

At one point in Bruce Norris' pitch-black new play - a shocker, even by Steppenwolf's outre . Book of Mormon’ travels well on the road. Million Dollar’ man feeds jukebox.

At one point in Bruce Norris' pitch-black new play - a shocker, even by Steppenwolf's outre standards - a young girl (just 5 or 6 years old) lifts her dress to reveal to another character a huge genital rash. In Norris' mind, the little American daughter's itchy red condition is an apt metaphor for her upper-middle-class parents' general malaise, anger, materialism and hypocrisy.