Marsha Norman's play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983. It's set in a small house on a lonely, country road. Jessie is middle aged, epileptic, divorced, jobless, mother to a thieving son and lives with Thelma, her mother. Thelma is the only other character in the play. The play is one long scene - there are no changes, acts or intermissions.
They have a believable relationship. Their family, their whole town is average. The know they are boring and accept it. They don't complain about it. Thelma is fine with her life. She has a son, a few friends and her crocheting to keep her busy. Jessie has nothing - she is empty and is tired of life. At the start of the play, she tells her mother that she is going to kill herself. Thelma does not take her seriously at first, but eventually does. The rest of the play is a volley of truth telling, stories and the occasional begging by Thelma.
It's sad, heartfelt and decent. It's neither brilliant nor terribly interesting. Without know the other nominees from 1983, I can't say it was the wrong choice for the Pulitzer, but I can write that it was a very very weak winner.