The Pain and the Itch
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. 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.
Scenic Designer: Dan Ostling
Costume Designer: Jennifer Von Mayrhauser
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
Sound Designer: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
Production Stage Manager: Susie Cordon
Photos of (1) Ada-Marie L. Gutierrez, Christopher Evan Welch, Mia Barron, and Jayne Houdyshell; (2) Aya Cash and Reg Rogers; (3) Ada-Marie L. Gutierrez and Jayne Houdyshell; and (4) Peter Jay Fernandez, Christopher Evan Welch, and Mia Barron by Joan Marcus.
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.—New York 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.—New Yorker
BRUCE NORRIS’S THE PAIN AND THE ITCH IS ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING THEATRICAL EVENTS AVAILABLE TODAY. SEE IT!—Hilton Als, The New Yorker
WICKEDLY FUNNY. If you enjoy the bitterly articulate comedies of Edward Albee or the political provocations of Wallace Shawn, THIS PLAY IS NOT TO BE MISSED!—David Cote, NY1
HILARIOUS AND VICIOUS. This impeccable production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, is a high-wire act of surprise, nuance and timing. EIGHT VIRTUOSO ACTORS pass and duck one another with the cumulative force of farce and catastrophe.—Linda Winer, Newsday