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The Pain and the Itch
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The Pain and the Itch
by Bruce Norris
October 14, 2011 through October 30, 2011

When a mysterious intruder disrupts Thanksgiving dinner, the gloves come off and an already nervous situation takes a turbulent turn for the worse. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris' wicked comedy of desire, deceit and family values is guaranteed to get under your skin.

*Intended for Mature Audiences*

Duffy Epstein
Amy Beth Frankel
Damon Kupper
Jacklyn Maddux
John San Nicholas
Valerie Stevens
Director - Slayden Scott Yarbrough
Scenic Design - Sean O'Skea
Costume Design - Emily Horton
Lighting Design - Don Crossley
Sound Design - Cecil Averett
Dialect Coach - Stephanie Gaslin
Production Manager - Don Crossley
Production Manager - Jen Raynak
Stage Manager - Clair Callaway
Technical Director - Demetri Pavlatos
Assistant Technical Director - Jason Stanley
Scenic Construction - Lunar Theatrical
Props Master - Sarah Lydecker
Master Electrician - Meghan McNeal
Deck Crew - Ken Potts
Light Operator - Jennifer Lin

Third Rail Rep makes theater audiences uncomfortable with 'The Pain and the Itch'
...Norris and Third Rail offer up a heck of a night at the theater, the kind of evening that gets under your skin, makes you a little uncomfortable. -

The Pain and the Itch
These mysteries are unraveled with great craft--while the secrets revealed are sometimes juicy, sometimes shocking, they always feel in-keeping with the characters and the information that’s already been revealed. - That Play F*&^ing Sucked Blog

Third Rail Repertory’s Thanksgiving play challenges lip-service liberals to become better listeners.
You can’t have perspective, unless you are perceptive—and if you cram your head too far up the free-range turkey that is your own bourgeois comfort zone, then no matter how well-intentioned your politics are, you’ll never grow as a person. - Portland Monthly

Third Rail Takes Aim at their Audience with The Pain and the Itch.
Third Rail's new home at the Winningstad offers them far more flexibility than their old digs at the World Trade Center, and they take full advantage of a more intimate and versatile space with an intricate, multi-tiered set: a superficially beautiful home, with something festering inside. - Portland Mercury

Christ, what a family of assholes!
Third Rail’s production shows the company’s usual efficiency and polish, handling the show’s many temporal changes and myriad props with aplomb, even as the script’s negativity grates. - Willamette Week

Third Rail Rep dishes up a feast of laughter and tension
Serving up tricky material with such an abundance of craft and care -- including a veritable buffet of vivid, nuanced acting -- they’ve reinforced their position as the city’s most consistently excellent theater company. - The Oregonian

Weekend Wrap: Vertigo, Pain & Animals
The company is also known for its fine acting company, and this show is definitely no exception. - OPB Arts & Life

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