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'Night, Mother: A Play (edition 1983)

by Marsha Norman

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Title:'Night, Mother: A Play
Authors:Marsha Norman
Info:Hill & Wang / Mermaid Dramabook (1983), Paperback, 89 pages
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it hurts and it's brutal & yet it's extraordinarily comforting to read because something about it is so mundane when it's anything but ( )
  wildrequiem | Oct 28, 2016 |
This is my favorite play. And yes, that includes Shakespeare. There isn't a whole lot that happens, but I love the way that Norman slowly builds tension through the smallest acts. From the first line Jessie's mind is made up, and she spends the next ninety minutes preparing her mother for a time when she won't be there for her anymore. It's sad to see how Jessie's life has come to this point, and heartbreaking to watch the final interactions between her and her mother. ( )
  km.bezner | Aug 25, 2016 |
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  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
Interesting play. I thought Norman's portrayal of a woman who decides to kill herself was realistic and genuine. She did not step into the realm of melodrama nor did she tie everything up in a neat package. The film adaptation with Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft is pretty crappy, though. Stick to the play. ( )
  JosephJ | May 11, 2010 |
I liked this book a lot- it is a very direct treatise on the arbitrariness of attitudes about suicide. Challenges both the notion that suicide is always a terrible thing and that one does not have the right to do it. The point: who are we to tell another person that they are making the wrong choice? Aren't they in a better position to judge that? These are big questions. ( )
  ahovde01 | Apr 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0822208210, Paperback)

This play tells the powerful story of an epileptic woman in her early 40s systematically preparing her own death - and the frantic and touching eff o rts of her mother to stop her. This searing drama, which won the Pulitzer Prize on Broadway, is guaranteed to keep any listener on the edge of their seat.

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Sharon Gless, Katherine Helmond

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This Pulitzer Prize winner tells the powerful story of an epileptic woman in her early 40's systematically preparing her own death - and the frantic and touching efforts of her mother to stop her. This searing drama is guaranteed to keep any listener on the edge of their seat. An L.A. Theatre Works performance featuring Sharon Gless and Katherine Helmond.… (more)

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