'night, Mother

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'night, Mother is a taut and fluid drama that addresses different emotions and special relations. By one of America's most talented playwrights, this play won the Dramatists Guild's prestigious Hull-Warriner Award, four Tony nominations, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.

'night, Mother had its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in December 1982. It opened on Broadway in March 1983, directed by Tom Moore ...

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Overview

'night, Mother is a taut and fluid drama that addresses different emotions and special relations. By one of America's most talented playwrights, this play won the Dramatists Guild's prestigious Hull-Warriner Award, four Tony nominations, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.

'night, Mother had its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in December 1982. It opened on Broadway in March 1983, directed by Tom Moore and starring Anne Pitoniak and Kathy Bates; a film, starring Anne Bancroft and Sissy Spacek, was released in 1986.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning play. "...Miss Norman...takes two barren lives and...serves them up in a dramatic format that seems as inexorable as classic tradgedy."New York Times

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"The subjects are suicide, love, and the meaning of life—as huge as they come; but they are treated with the specificity of threading a needle or choosing the right breakfast for your needs. Humor and pathos pop up as naturally as wild flowers or fences by the roadside; there is devastating psychological accuracy and nothing seems contrived; and there is that bustle of minutely perceived existential details that bespeak the master."—John Simon, New York

"Ever since I first read 'night, Mother it has filled me with the kind of exaltation I experience only in the presence of a major dramatic work..."—Robert Brustein, The New Republic

"If there is such a thing as benign explosion, this play is it: it detonates with startling quietness, showering us with truth, compassion and uncompromising honesty..."—Jack Kroll, Newsweek

"A spare but lyrical dialogue, 'night, Mother probes deeply into the mother-daughter relationship while making a disturbing statement about responsibility and courage. It is as artfully designed as a sonata, rising in each dramatic movement until it arrives at its inevitable destination."—The New York Times Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374521387
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/28/1983
  • Pages: 92
  • Sales rank: 167,823
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Kentucky-based playwright Marsha Norman was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for 'night, Mother and a Tony Award for her Broadway-musical adaptation of The Secret Garden. Her other plays include Getting Out, Third and Oak, Circus Valentine, The Holdup, and Traveler in the Dark.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Heartfelt

    This play isn't one for a light afternoon. It is beautiful, sad and humorous at turns, and it is heart-breakingly honest. The story of a relationship between mother and adult child, it speaks to that disconnect in communication so common with parents and children. In the end, which is sad but expected, it shows that we must each create our own freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    amazing

    the most powerful play i've ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2006

    Courage on stage, afterall

    Suicide is a private affair. It is not a thing one tells out or shares with the near and dear ones at all. But it is a reality afterall.Miss Cates does this. Though this is against the tradition, it is a bold step towards reality. It is commendable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    WONDERFUL PLAY

    This play was by far the best play I have ever read. Marsha Norman is an outstanding writer. The character Jessie Cates is the best character ever invented.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    I couldn't put it down!

    This play was much better than I had originally anticipated, it had only one long scene, and two easy to follow characters. It spoke frankly of mental illnesses and suicide and after reading it (it was also quite short at only 90 pages) I completely understand why it won the Pulitzer Prize.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    Very nice

    It was a good sad book. She should have had the relationship with her mother that she wanted.

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