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* AtomicHate: J.B.'s last child is killed in an atomic blast that leaves his body hideously scarred and covered in radiation burns.


* {{God}}: Not Mr. Zuss, who even when he's wearing the mask and performing the role of God in the story is still identified in the script as "Godmask" (with Nickles as "Satanmask"). No, there's a voice from Heaven identified only as a "Distant Voice" or "Prompter" (the DramatisPersonae uses the latter) who is heard from time to time pushing the story along. That voice always is quoting from the Book of Job.

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* {{God}}: Not Mr. Zuss, who even when he's wearing the mask and performing the role of God in the story is still identified in the script as "Godmask" (with "Godmask," with Nickles as "Satanmask")."Satanmask" ("Maybe Satan's playing ''you''," he suggests to Nickles). No, there's a voice from Heaven identified only as a "Distant Voice" or "Prompter" (the DramatisPersonae uses the latter) who is heard from time to time pushing the story along. That voice always is quoting from the Book of Job.


* {{God}}: Not Mr. Zuss, who even when he's wearing the mask and performing the role of God in the story is still identified in the script as "Godmask" (with Nickles as "Satanmask"). No, there's a voice from Heaven identified as a "Distant Voice" who is heard from time to time pushing the story along. That voice always is quoting from the Book of Job.

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* {{God}}: Not Mr. Zuss, who even when he's wearing the mask and performing the role of God in the story is still identified in the script as "Godmask" (with Nickles as "Satanmask"). No, there's a voice from Heaven identified only as a "Distant Voice" or "Prompter" (the DramatisPersonae uses the latter) who is heard from time to time pushing the story along. That voice always is quoting from the Book of Job.


--->''''Nickles''' ''(leaning forward toward J.B., a wheedling whisper)'': Now's the time to say it, mister.\\

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--->''''Nickles''' --->'''Nickles''' ''(leaning forward toward J.B., a wheedling whisper)'': Now's the time to say it, mister.\\

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** Lampshaded near the end of Scene Five:
--->''''Nickles''' ''(leaning forward toward J.B., a wheedling whisper)'': Now's the time to say it, mister.\\
'''Mr. Zuss''': Leave him alone!\\
'''J.B.''' ''(touching the parasol)'': The Lord giveth... ''(His voice breaks.)'' the Lord taketh away!\\
'''Mr. Zuss''' ''(rising, whispering)'': Go on! Go on! Finish it! Finish it!


The original 1958 Broadway production was directed by Creator/EliaKazan and featured Creator/ChristopherPlummer as Nickles, Raymond Massey as Zuss, and Pat Hingle as J.B.

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The original 1958 Broadway production (which used a somewhat altered script) was directed by Creator/EliaKazan and featured Creator/ChristopherPlummer as Nickles, Raymond Massey as Zuss, and Pat Hingle as J.B.


It is an Americanized retelling of the Literature/BookOfJob. Two circus vendors, Mr. Zuss and Nickles, are left in an empty tent after a show. They find a couple of drama masks, and decide to put on a show, namely, the story of Job.

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It is an Americanized Americanized, metatheatrical retelling of the Literature/BookOfJob. Two circus vendors, Mr. Zuss and Nickles, are left in an empty tent after a show. They find a couple of drama masks, and decide to put on a show, namely, the story of Job.


And the wind on the water.'""''

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And the wind on the water.'""'''"''


It is a retelling of the Literature/BookOfJob. Two circus vendors, Mr. Zuss and Nickles, are left in an empty tent after a show. They find a couple of drama masks, and decide to put on a show, namely, the story of Job.

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It is a an Americanized retelling of the Literature/BookOfJob. Two circus vendors, Mr. Zuss and Nickles, are left in an empty tent after a show. They find a couple of drama masks, and decide to put on a show, namely, the story of Job.


''J.B.'' is a 1958 play by Archibald [=MacLeish=].

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''J.B.'' is a 1958 play in verse by Archibald [=MacLeish=].

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->''"I heard upon his dry dung heap\\
That man cry out who cannot sleep:\\
'If God is God, He is not good,\\
If God is good He is not God;\\
Take the even, take the odd,\\
I would not sleep here if I could\\
Except for the little green leaves in the wood\\
And the wind on the water.'""''
-->-- '''Nickles'''


The original 1958 Broadway production was directed by Creator/EliaKazan and featured Creator/ChristopherPlummer as Nickles.

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The original 1958 Broadway production was directed by Creator/EliaKazan and featured Creator/ChristopherPlummer as Nickles.
Nickles, Raymond Massey as Zuss, and Pat Hingle as J.B.

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** Later God and J.B. have an exchange where they rattle off verbatim from the Bible for over a page.


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* {{God}}: Not Mr. Zuss, who even when he's wearing the mask and performing the role of God in the story is still identified in the script as "Godmask" (with Nickles as "Satanmask"). No, there's a voice from Heaven identified as a "Distant Voice" who is heard from time to time pushing the story along. That voice always is quoting from the Book of Job.


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* RevisedEnding: When the play was originally performed off-Broadway (namely, at Yale and at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels), Mr. Zuss comes to J.B. and offers to give everything back. J.B. scorns him and goes off with Sarah. In the version that debuted on Broadway and was later published, the last appearance of Mr. Zuss is cut. Instead, Nickles says that Zuss will come and offer to give everything back, but J.B. ignores him, instead finding Sarah again.


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* TheVoice: The ''real'' voice of God, heard only as a "Distant Voice", as opposed to Mr. Zuss who is just playing a role. Near the end the Distant Voice and J.B. talk directly.

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[[caption-width-right:350:Raymond Massey and Creator/ChristopherPlummer as Zuss and Nickles from the original Broadway production.]]


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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: In neither version of the play does J.B. get the ReplacementGoldfish children that Job does. In the original version Mr. Zuss offers to bring the kids back and J.B. rejects him. In the published version that scene is cut, and the play ends with J.B. finding Sarah again.


* ThoseTwoGuys: The two Messengers, who keep appearing to deliver the latest news of disaster to poor J.B. and Sarah. Sometimes they're dressed as soldiers, sometimes as reporters, sometimes as construction workers, but every time they show up they tell of something very bad.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: The two Messengers, who keep appearing to deliver the latest news of disaster to poor J.B. and Sarah. Sometimes they're dressed as soldiers, sometimes as reporters, sometimes as construction workers, but every time they show up they tell of something very bad.bad.
* WeAreAsMayflies: J.B. cites this as a reason to believe in God even in the face of disaster; man is too insignificant to not believe in something greater.
--> "God is God or we are nothing--/Mayflies that leave their husks behind--"

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