A young daughter in serious need of attention. A ravenous creature possibly prowling the upstairs bedrooms. An average Thanksgiving for one privileged family unravels into an exposé of disastrous choices and less-than-altruistic motives. The Pain and the Itch is a scathing comedy about the politics of class and race, a controversial, painfully human examination of denial and its consequences.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 North Mentor Avenue
Scenic Design - KURT BOETCHER
Lighting Design - CHRISTIE WRIGHT
Sound and Video Design - DOUG NEWELL
Costume Design - LEAH PIEHL
Prop Design - SHANNON DEDMAN
Dialect Coach - JOEL GOLDES
Assistant Director - DAN STEELE
Production Stage Manager - REBECCA COHN
Casting - RAUL CLAYTON STAGGS
Key Art - ERIC PARGAC
Publicist - ALDRICH & ASSOCIATES
Furious' current production is at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center as they team up with The Theatre @ Boston Court to bring you:
West Coast Premiere
THE PAIN AND THE ITCH
Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez
A Co-Production with The Theatre @ Boston Court
July 25 - August 23, 2009
"This astutely designed and intelligently rendered production is a shared feather in the cap for two of L.A.'s most adventurous theater companies."
- Les Spindle, Back Stage
"BRUISING AND BITING!"
?The drama?blends satire with realism in a finger-pointing manner that definitely isn?t out to win prizes for congeniality. Every time you think these cringe-inducing characters can?t descend any lower, they discover a new mucky bottom. All credit, then, to this co-production?for not slipping into monstrous caricature. Even when we?re laughing derisively, we can?t help recognizing patterns in hypocrisy, denial, narcissism and greed.?
- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
"PICK OF THE WEEK!"
?The ensemble responds with exceptional commitment embracing the characters with real zest. No matter how you spell it, you should not miss this exceptional West Coast Premiere presentation at the elegant Boston Court Performing Arts Center.?
- Jose Ruiz, ReviewPlays
"A POWERFUL PIECE!"
?When The Theatre @ Boston Court or Furious Theatre Co. have something to say, they do it in ways that can prove disquieting for some, as well as nontraditional, deeply theatrical and pointedly memorable?Like watching an explosion in slow motion, you can?t take your eyes off the thing, even as you find the splatter creating a pattern you don?t want to see.?
- Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star-News
"THE CAST IS TERRIFIC!"
??the acting is spot-on, the direction tight, the set impressive, the costumes pitch perfect, the lighting and sound evocative?the partnership is clearly a good one?these two companies can do great things together.?
- Sharon Perlmutter, Talkin? Broadway
"A VICIOUS MUST-SEE COMEDY!"
"A subtle dark comedy that steadily, unsuspectingly turns black, twisted and unsettling. Truly Well Done."
- Keisha7, Splash Magazine
"WITTY INTELLIGENT DIALOGUE!"
?Damaso Rodriguez? work is by and large excellent, not the least part of which is his casting... intriguing multi-layered plotting.?
- Trevor Thomas, Edge