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Ratzkin - Cover of 'Steambath, A Play' - 1971

Ratzkin - Cover of  'Steambath, A Play' - 1971
In this Bruce Jay Friedman comedy, the afterlife is - surprise! - a steambath, and God is a Puerto Rican steambath attendant - indifferent to human suffering (causing it is just another part of the job) and apt to get sore if his omnipotence is questioned. May demonstrate his power by conjuring and draining a ten-foot whiskey sour.


Dark Off Broadway comedy, by Bruce Jay Friedman (1970).

CHARACTER Puerto Rican steam room attendant.

PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION A 33-year-old Hispanic man in an undershirt, work pants and a black beret, wielding a mop and bucket. Played by Hector Elizondo.

POLICY STATEMENT “Changeable, mysterious, infinite, unfathomable. That’s my style.”

MANNERS Occasional use of four-letter words, crude terms for the derrière and mild racial and sexual epithets.

AT WORK (Speaking into a console) “All right, first thing, I want that Pontiac moving south past Hermosa Beach to crash into the light blue El Dorado coming the other way. Make it a head-on collision.”

SOLUTION FOR HUMANITY “Listen, if you’re God, the name of the game is aggravation. . . . You say another word, baby, I’ll become wrathful and vengeance-seeking."

(New York Times: "Our Father, Who Art on Broadway")
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.