The Pain and the Itch: Wicked Satire by Pulitzer-Winning Writer of Clybourne Park
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Sure, war is hell, but when author Kurt Vonnegut is telling the tale, it can be hellishly funny, too. Perhaps the greatest American humorist since Twain, Vonnegut (Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions) is at his absolutely best in Slaughterhouse-Five, recounting the horrors of World War II with sly wit, sci-fi zaniness and the profound insight of a survivor and veteran. Now the Custom Made Theatre Co. brings this modern literary masterpiece to the stage with a brilliant adaptation by Oscar winner Eric Simonson. An ensemble of 11 actors plays dozens of characters in a production enriched with Vonnegut-inspired animations and an evocative set. Deeply hilarious from the get-go -- and increasingly moving as the story progresses -- Slaughterhouse-Five is one play you won't soon forget. Learn More
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Featured review from Paul
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If the characters seem hypocritical, cold, emasculated, or unable to relate to each other (at least one of each type appears in "The Pain and the Itch"), it is a testament to the actors' success in interpreting a piece whose conclusions about people and relationships are difficult for us to accept. This play covers it all, from racism to classism to (transposed) gender roles to infidelity and family feuding.
Anyone who has seen "Clybourne Park" will recognize "The Pain and the Itch" as a more diffuse, less polished, and not-yet-so-humorous antecedent. It's worth seeing precisely because it makes us so uncomfortable.
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I really enjoyed the witty writing. Overall all it was well cast and well acted. There is certainly some very politically incorrect statements and humor so if that is not your "thing" be aware. It did have quite a serious ending though. Both...continued
This show contains adult content and is recommended for those ages 13 and older.
About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.
Winner of multiple SF Bay Critic Circle awards, including the Best Overall Play of 2012 (Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby), The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made, now in its 16th season, is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre, where the company presents a six play season, along with numerous free readings, workshops and classes.