Visiting Edna and Good For Ottto

Visiting Edna and Good For Ottto

Two Plays

Book - 2017
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Good for Otto , which premiered in October 2015 at the Gift Theatre in Chicago, directed by Michael Patrick Thornton, is an unflinching portrayal of the world of mental illness and therapy. Drawing on material from Undoing Depression by Connecticut psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, it is a deeply moving look into the life of a number of patients trying to navigate personal trauma, including a profoundly troubled young girl, and one therapist, Dr. Michaels, who makes great efforts to help them, but is haunted by his own demons, and stymied by the financial obstacles of the American healthcare system.

Visiting Edna , which premiered in September 2016 at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, is a stylistically dazzling exploration of the bond between mother and son. As Edna, a woman in the last years of her life, faces a short future plagued by her many illnesses, from diabetes to arthritis to cancer, she maintains the emotional distance she has kept from her son Andrew since he became an adult, and they both struggle to communicate about their shared past as they contemplatethe future.

Taken together, the plays form a startling and thought-provoking vision of American society and cement Rabe's place in the upper echelons of the canon of contemporary theater.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2017]
Edition: First Grove Atlantic paperback edition, First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780802126900
0802126901
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Good for Otto

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