Synopses & Reviews
This dark comedy takes place in a seedy motel room outside Oklahoma City, where Agnes, a drug-addled cocktail waitress, is hiding from her ex-con ex-husband. Her lesbian biker friend R.C. introduces her to Peter, a handsome drifter who might be an AWOL Gulf War veteran. They soon begin a relationship that takes place almost entirely within the increasingly claustrophobic confines of her motel room. Peter begins to rant about the war in Iraq, UFOs, the Oklahoma City bombings, cult suicides, and then secret government experiment on soldiers, of which he believes he is a victim. His delusions infect Agnes and the tension mounts as mysterious strangers appear at their door, past events haunt them at every turn and they are attacked by real bugs. Tracy Letts's tale of love, paranoia, and government conspiracy is a thought-provoking psycho-thriller that mixes terror and laughter at a fever pitch.
"Bug has a subtlety and sureness of composition that testifies to top-flight craftsmanship." New York Times
"Bug will get under your skin and stay there." Time Out New York
"[A] wonderfully lurid new thriller." Newark Star-Ledger
About the Author
Tracy Letts first appeared on the Steppenwolf stage in the Arts Exchange production of The Glass Menagerie. As a playwright, Tracy's work includes Killer Joe, Bug and Man From Nebraska, which premiered at Steppenwolf, was named a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was named as one of Time's "Best of 2003."