'Night, Mother | Critical Essay by Stanley Kauffmann

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of 'Night, Mother.
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Critical Essay by Stanley Kauffmann

If the hoopla about Marsha Norman's new play ['night, Mother] were credible, the current state of American drama would be better than it is…. Because the play has only two characters, is in one long act, and ends with a death, some commentators have called it classical and have invoked Aristotle. I envy their rapture; the play itself keeps me from sharing it. 'night, Mother is certainly better written and constructed than Norman's last New York production, Getting Out, but like that earlier play, the new one is fundamentally a stunt. Moreover, I think it has been misconstrued by most who have written about it, and apparently by the author herself. (p. 47)

Inarguably 'night, Mother addresses deeper themes [than Getting Out], is less flashy, and has a number of sharp lines; nonetheless it too is a device, a stunt...

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