The Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris
Capital T presents
The Pain and the Itch
by Bruce Norris
Directed by Mark Pickell
October 25 – November 17
EXTENDED Thru November 24th
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm
Hyde Park Theatre 511 W 43rd St
Worst. Thanksgiving. Ever.
Clay and Kelly share a perfect house and two perfect children in what seems to be a perfect life. That is until Clay’s mother, Carol (a self-proclaimed socialist), his estranged brother, Cash (a staunch Republican), and Cash‘s Eastern European girlfriend (20 years his junior) arrive for Thanksgiving dinner.
When a mysterious intruder disrupts Thanksgiving dinner, the gloves come off and an awkward situation devolves into absolute chaos. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris’ wickedly funny comedy of desire, deceit and family values is guaranteed to get under your skin.
Capital T is proud to present Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Bruce Norris’ scathing satire directed by two-time Austin Critics Table Award-winning Director Mark Pickell (Killer Joe, Hunter Gatherers). The all-star cast includes Austin favorites Ken Bradley (Killer Joe), Lana Dietrich (August: Osage County), Liz Fisher (Hunter Gatherers), Indigo Rael (Exit Pursued by a Bear), Benjamin Summers (Middletown), Ben Wolfe (I ? Walmart) and introduces Sadie Dragoo as Kayla.
“Anyone who knows Austin theatre will see in an instant that this cast includes some of the very best and most vivid actors in this town. It’s an ensemble that lifts the audience in that close-up space out of mere make-believe into authenticity, unpredictability and suspense that are fine-tuned and deeply memorable.”
- Austin Live Theatre
“Some moments are hysterical and laugh-out-loud funny while others are shocking and stop your heart.”
“A superb cast for a savagely humorous flaying of the American upper middle class”
- Austin Live Theatre
Particularly spot-on is Lana Dieterich’s performance as Carol — the grandmother who makes awkward small talk about diversity with Mr. Hadid, inadvertently powers up the television to a porn channel, and fills gaps in conversation with, “The thing about PBS is…” While she can be insufferable, at the same time it’s impossible to ignore her for fear of missing a hilarious morsel.
Mr. Hadid – Ben Wolfe
Clay – Benjamin Summers
Kelly -Liz Fisher
Cash - Kenneth Wayne Bradley
Kalina - Indigo Rael
Carol – Lana Dieterich
About the Playwright
Bruce Norris – Playwright