The present collection of three plays presents three significant themes in Lars Norén's work: Night is Mother to the Day (1982) is a family drama with conflicts borrowed from Norén's personal destiny. And Give Us the Shadows (1988) is a biographical play about Eugene O'Neill and is a sequel to his masterpiece, Long Day's Journey into Night. Andante (2015) is a play of the absurd, the first of a trilogy about old age.
Norén's characters seek answers - within the family and beyond - to the eternal existential questions: who am I, where do I come from, where am I going. They are also distinguished by their original language – unforgiving, witty and at the same time musical and poetic. For all this, for the rich creativity, for the creative analysis of vital topics and for his enormous talent, Lars Norén is rightly called the "Strindberg of our time".