'Night, Mother

'Night, Mother

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by Marsha Norman
     
 

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The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last job didn't work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's… See more details below

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The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last job didn't work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment�a moment never to be forgotten by those who have witnessed, and come to understand, her plight.

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Editorial Reviews

New England Entertainment Digest
It is sparse and concise, introspective and penetrating, powerful and uncompromising, intense and intelligent, warm and theatrical. It is THE American tragedy.
NY Magazine
...honest, uncompromising, lucid, penetrating, well-written, dramatic, and...unmanipulatively moving...
NY Times
...a shattering evening...
Village Voice
Something I hadn't seen in a long time happened at 'NIGHT, MOTHER: The audience still sat applauding after the house lights came up, as if waiting for the cast to come round and join them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809073610
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/01/1983
Series:
Mermaid Dramabook Series
Edition description:
1st Hill and Wang ed
Pages:
89

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