The Pain and the Itch

By Bruce Norris
Directed by Lee Abraham

April 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00 PM
May 1 at 2:00 PM
Lab Theatre

With a young daughter in serious need of attention and a ravenous creature possibly prowling the upstairs bedrooms, an average Thanksgiving for one privileged family unravels into an exposé of lies, disastrous choices, and selfish motives, which ultimately leads to a disaster that befalls an immigrant African taxi driver. The Pain and the Itch is a scathing satire of the politics of class and race, a controversial, painfully human examination of denial and its consequences.
Published in 2004, The Pain and the Itch has received much acclaim, including:

“A smashing new satire…Norris' uncompromising, cagily crafted cockfight all but leaves blood on the stage.” -Time Out

“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

“Mr. Norris' real target is that great sentimental sham, the idealized American family.”
-The New York Observer

Playwrights Horizons, Inc., New York City produced the World Premiere of CLYBOURNE PARK Off-Broadway in 2010.

Press and Reviews:
• The Pain and the Itch (PDF).

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