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The Pain and the Itch Bruce Norris

The Pain and the Itch

Bruce Norris

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ISBN : 9780822222057
Hardcover
76 pages
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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 AmericanMoreIn 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. 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 Clays 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 brothers 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 daughters nasty genital infection. And its 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 familys 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.