A Raucous Romp of One Family's Twisted Loves: Les Parents Terribles
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An overriding obsession of one of America's greatest living playwrights culminates in The Late Henry Moss, a dramatic and artistic high from a theatrical icon. Throughout his long and storied career as a writer, actor and director, Sam Shepard (Buried Child) has often focused on the complex dynamic that exists between fathers and sons. In The Late Henry Moss, the Pulitzer-winning playwright tells the story of a pair of antagonistic brothers, Ray and Earl, who are forced to reunite when their father Henry, a notoriously difficult drunk, is found dead in New Mexico. Henry's last days unfold in flashbacks, as the men dig through their long-buried family past and attempt to free themselves from their father's toxic death grip. Kaiser Ahmed directs the Chicago premiere of Shepard's exciting play for The Artistic Home. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Bob Armstrong
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Funny play, beautifully staged. Real relationships, not just that formula kind of farce where someone rushes out the door as someone else rushes in. Nevertheless it does move, raucously and rapidly, within the big deep, plausibly 1938-decorated stage areas the actors have to play in. Hope the French-language title doesn't scare people away. Should put translation of title in parentheses underneath, such as "The Problem Parents" or "Mom and Dad Need a Time Out." The idiom of this farce is very digestible, and I'd say very American.
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Having read the synopsis and early review on this, I desperately wanted to like this production--sadly, two hours later, it still left me wanting. While I understand this was meant to be an overblown, high energy farce, it too often came across...continued
Quotes & Highlights
" … a tornado of a revival … in a class all by itself when it comes to homefront dysfunction." — Chicago Sun-Times
“In John Mossman’s bombastic production for Artistic Home, the family breakdown that proceeds bears resemblance to a dying star. It’s one supernova after another …” — TimeOut Chicago
" … the finest comic ensemble work seen on a Chicago stage in years!" — Chicago Critic
" … when all five of these actors are fully engaged in the comic hijinks, it is farce raised to the highest of art forms – laughter which brings tears." — Chicago Stage Standard
“Kathy Scambiatterra is hilarious as the self-dramatizing matriarch, while Julian Hester, as her son, has to have set some kind of record for sustained hysteria.” — Chicago Reader