A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Originally performed and published in the United States as "Joe Egg"
978-0-8021-5115-5 • $9.95 • Paperback • Feb. 1968
This brilliantly written, deeply moving play about the problems of a young couple with a spastic daughter the “Joe Egg” of the title was described by Ronald Bryden in The Observer (London) as a “remarkable play about a nightmare all women must have dreamed at some time, and most men: living wit ha child born so hopelessly crippled as to be, as the father in it says brutally, ‘a human parsnip.’ For all that, it has to be described as a comedy, one of the funniest and most touching I’ve seen. The bridge between its form and content is a simple but brilliant stroke of theatre. Over the years, the author implies, explaining to others how one lives with such a situation becomes a kind of set party piece. This, savagely exaggerated, is what he has written a recital, interspersed with jazz, imitations and tap-dances, about life with Joe Egg.”