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3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,112 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter introduced to her by her lesbian friend, R.C. Agnes stays at a hotel in hopes of avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband, Jerry, who was just released from prison. At first, she l ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 4th 2006 by Northwestern University Press (first published June 30th 2005)
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Robert Beveridge
Tracy Letts, Bug (Dramatist's Play Service, 2005)

Before even considering Bug, flip to the back page if you picked up the Dramatist's Play Service version. (The only one extant, as far as I know, but that may change.) The list of new plays they have for sale says that 2005 was indeed an amazing year for Dramatist's Play Service; sitting one above the other are Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, one of the best plays I've ever read, and John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, which of course everyone and thei
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Chloe
Aug 09, 2011 Chloe rated it really liked it
Tracy Letts is one author I can call a mad genius. Letts plays show how relationships between certain people deteriorate and crumble. Tracy Letts' 'Bug' is no exception. In Tracy Letts play 'August: Osage County', he writes about a crazy deranged family that, as the play goes on, falls apart. In Tracy Letts' 'Bug' , the deterioration is in the characters minds and their sense of reality. In 'Bug', both characters Agnes and Peter are at a rock bottom time in their life. As the play continues, Pet ...more
precaf
Jun 30, 2015 precaf rated it it was amazing
This reminded me of Shepard's "God of Hell." I hope that in 20 years we will look back at our national paranoia as something terribly wrong and even amusing. But we've been at it so long that it's never going to be funny, and our paranoia has become so ingrained in the national consciousness that there's probably no turning back. Americans -- both perpetrators and victims -- are some truly sick motherfuckers. And THAT is what this play is all about.
Dr. Sharada
Nov 11, 2015 Dr. Sharada rated it it was ok
Intense. A quick, but unpleasant read. Well-written, but not really my kind of play, or perhaps I'm just not in the mood for a depressingly sad story about a couple of drug addicted people hallucinating about bugs in a motel room.
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 22, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
Bug is a sensational modern play, fueled by nostalgia and family drama. It's certainly a play that everyone should read at some point.
Laura
Jun 25, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
THIS PLAY KICKS ASS. It is so creepy and horrible and funny, I can't even tell you. But any play that OPENS with somebody freebasing crack almost guarantees an interesting read.
Max III
Dec 03, 2016 Max III rated it it was amazing
Any one else suddenly have itchy skin?
Cary S
Mar 05, 2017 Cary S rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
Well, that was terrifying! I can't imagine what it would be like to witness it in a theater...
Ash
May 07, 2014 Ash rated it it was amazing
I was not happy to see this movie with Ashley Judd back in 2006. When I heard the title Bug, I thought of a man turning into a giant sized bug; a updated or poor man's The Fly. That's what my mother thought too when she dragged me to go see it with her.

After we saw it, my mother was disgruntled. It wasn't like she envisioned it at all. I, on the other hand, loved it precisely because it wasn't the way I envisioned it. It wasn't an overblown sci-fi movie but a quiet movie regarding the magnetic
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Jil
Sep 15, 2008 Jil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranoiacs
Shelves: school, play
Do I relate to the idea of a serious mistrust and fear of the government's knowledge of my personal life? Yes. Does that mean I want to read a freewheeling, grotesque play replete with freebasing white-trash, tooth extractions, and a creepy character named Dr. Sweet? No.

I just have beef with a certain breed of modern play that is unsettling and confusing with very little benefit (see: my review of As American As); unlike Letts' masterful August: Osage County, these characters are not particularl
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Daniel
Aug 13, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, theatre
This took me a little while to get in to it, and for a few pages, I considered putting it down. It just didn't hold my interest. But as i read on, the entangled relationship and the paranoia had me interested.

"Psycho-thriller" is a great term for this play (it's used on the back cover of my edition) and one of the things that I found exciting was the possibilities of the way to play this.

This is the third play I've read by Tracy Letts and I think he's definitely a gifted theatrical voice. I'd g
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Sarah
Jun 22, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
A disturbing look at how a psyche cracks once it has found the right fixation. The characters in Bug seem intent on heading towards their destruction, finding solace in insane answers to life's disappointments and tragedies. It's well-crafted work by Letts, and while his brand of gross-out theatre isn't a pet favorite of mine, I was thrilled by the circumstances and character choices he showcased here.
Neil
Jan 25, 2011 Neil rated it it was amazing
hated the movie, was about to turn it off, until i realized it was a play.
after recalibrating my expectations, it was still kind of annoying to watch...
but that's kind of the point, and i found myself thinking about it afterwards,
as i am wont to do with plays. now i think it's great. kinda like how sugary
music you love at first listen, but wind up never listening to again, then
there's music that you didn't like at first listen, but grew to appreciate.
Ethan
Oct 25, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fiction, plays
Picked this up after watching the film adaptation - I guess I was expecting to pick up on something else, but it's a very faithful adaptation to a frankly astonishing play. Film review here which is more relevant since reading a play isn't quite the same as viewing it. Highly recommend both, though - it's one of only 30 films I've ever rated 5 stars.
Stephanie
Sep 03, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, serious
I want to write an essay on this comparing Peter to Gregor in Kafka's Metamorphosis. I love plays that stay in one place for 3 acts. I'm no Jeanne Dixon, but I think this play is a winner. Letts had me from Agnes' opening scene, when she sees something in the mirror she doesn't like. I'd love to be a sound designer for this play - all the mentions of helicopters got me thinking about the X-Files. It's a great play to read on the bus.
♥ Sandi
Feb 16, 2014 ♥ Sandi rated it it was ok
Shelves: 4-library, 7-play
A Tracy Letts play. Less violent than Killer Joe, but still deals with drugs and insanity. Premise is a young man who feels he is being controlled by others through bugs and implanted bug sacs.
Letts has been extremely lucky getting his sordid plays turned into movies. A Tracy Letts play is not the average play - expect unique and gutteral.
Marie Farrell
Jul 31, 2010 Marie Farrell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I LOVE THIS PLAY! Nothing like August Osage County- it's short, straight forward yet when it turns left you are thinking the whole time it'll go straight and that you know where it's going but you really never do, so it keeps you on your toes. I got to do a scene from it with a great friend & it was really fun getting all that insanity out on stage... Oh, but for some people it's disturbing...
Leah Engle
Mar 12, 2013 Leah Engle rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Great play, it's creepy and filled with paranoia. It is very subtle in the way that the ending kind of sneaks up on you. I had to read this for my college lit class and I was so glad my teacher assigned it, I'm filing it into my favorites
Reece Roberts
Sep 09, 2014 Reece Roberts rated it it was amazing
Wow.
Really nicely written and contained to one location. Like most of Tracy Letts plays.
This one focuses on an unlikely relationship, and the parnoia of the modern generation.
There's a lot going on in this play, and it grips you from the opening scene.
Litbitch
Aug 27, 2008 Litbitch rated it liked it
Like Killer Joe, I'm left thinking, "well written, but so what?". I'll have to pick up August:Osage County at some point, but (because?) I'm having a hard time believing it's as good as the praise merits.
Brent Eickhoff
Feb 15, 2013 Brent Eickhoff rated it it was amazing
Wow.
A fast-paced and turbulent page turner that kept me guessing until the very end. Rich characters and an engrossing and twisted plot make this one of the most exciting and brutal plays I've read to date.
Smredfox
Jun 14, 2011 Smredfox rated it it was amazing
Oh man. This play is intense. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. My favorite thing about this is that you do not know how much of the story is reality and how much of it is all in the characters' heads. Letts does a brilliant job.
Stephanie
Dec 27, 2009 Stephanie added it
Recommended to Stephanie by: Peter Shippy
Shelves: drama
Kind of violent, but I loved how Bug sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia. A gripping depiction of the conspiracy theory mindset.
Also saw the movie, which was pretty faithful and pretty good (not flashy and high-budget, but that would destroy the atmosphere).
Mr. Smidl
May 24, 2013 Mr. Smidl rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatre
This would be a great play to work on character analysis and for scenes. What a crazy, crazy play. I'm curious to watch the film and if they have a lot of the humor or just make it highly grotesque.
abby
Apr 22, 2007 abby rated it it was amazing
please please please try to see this play. there is a movie version (starring the original cast) coming out sometime this year, but nothing beats watching a man pull out a molar with a pair of pliers on stage.
Sarah
Mar 29, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Horrific and fascinating in its exploration of vulnerability, loneliness, isolation and their affects on the psyche.
Joelle
Apr 17, 2011 Joelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: playscripts, onstage
Curious Theatre 2005ish
Intense.
Chambers Stevens
Jul 24, 2013 Chambers Stevens rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
What a wild ride!!!
So much fun.
Lots of great scenes for actors.
Travis
Feb 04, 2014 Travis rated it really liked it
Tracy Letts is crazy good!
Tracy Morton
Jan 13, 2013 Tracy Morton rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
Could be done well.
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Tracy Letts is an American playwright and actor who received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County.

Letts was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to best-selling author Billie Letts, of Where The Heart Is and The Honk And Holler Opening Soon fame, and the late college professor and actor Dennis Letts. His brother Shawn is a jazz musician and composer. He also has a brother Dana. L
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