“In the picture of Marie’s unchanneled forcefulness entangled fatally with Bruce’s blank affability, Shawn finally does achieve a kind of Strindbergian stature . . . and a kind of tragic awareness: tragedy redone in the bright acrylic colors of modern party-going.” The Village Voice
Marie and Bruce
978-0-8021-3018-1 • $10.00 • Paperback • Nov. 1987
When Marie decides to leave Bruce, she delivers herself of a torrent of ferocious humor and foul-mouthed vituperation concerning him and their marriage, not to mention love, hate, caring, commitment, and all the other current clichés about relationships. As he follows Marie and Bruce through breakfast, a friend’s party, and dinner, Wallace Shawn brilliantly orchestrates her savage attacks and his slyly passive defenses into a symphony of subversive propositions about the nature of the marital state.
The film adaptation of Marie and Bruce premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. It stars Matthew Broderick, Julianne Moore, and Campbell Scott.