SYNOPSIS: A brilliant sculptor in failing health is forced to deal with his son and his ninth wife, confronting his own mortality and the claims of his family and friends on his art and his money.
LANGUAGE: The contemporary characters in Ass speak colorfully. There is a moderate amount of strong language in the play, enough to qualify the play for an “R” rating.
This language unsurprisingly includes the frequent use of the word “ass,” usually as a noun describing the sculpture or the body part from which the sculpture is derived, but in one case describing a person as an “asshole.” The language also includes three uses of “fuck,” several uses of “shit” or “bullshit,” two uses of “Goddamn,” several uses of “omigod,” multiple uses of “hell” as an exclamation, and the use of “pissed off” to describe anger.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: There are no depictions of smoking or recreational drug use, but the characters do drink champagne in celebration.
SEX: None, though it is alluded to on a couple occasions.
VIOLENCE: There is no violence.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? The play’s strong language may make it discomfiting to conservative audience members, and teenagers should attend at a parent’s discretion. It is unsuitable for pre-teens.
RATING: If it were a movie, Ass would be rated “R” for language.