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“The Pain and the Itch” is a wickedly funny comedy of desire, deceit and family values by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park”), opening Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Zephyr Theatre. Culture Spot LA readers can win free tickets to the preview performance on Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. Email editor@culturespotla.com with “The Pain and the Itch” in the subject line for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

The worst Thanksgiving ever. Clay and Kelly share a perfect house and two perfect children in what seems to be a perfect life. That is, until Clay’s mother Carol (a self-proclaimed socialist), his estranged brother Cash (a staunch Republican) and Cash’s Eastern European girlfriend (20 years his junior) arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. When something mysterious threatens to disrupt the perfect façade, the gloves come off and an awkward situation devolves into absolute chaos.

“The Pain and the Itch” runs Oct. 26 through Dec. 1 at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., LA 90046. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. For tickets and information, call (323) 960-5774 or visit www.plays411.com/pain.