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The acclaimed writer and performer Lisa Kron’s newest work is all about her mom. It explores the dynamics of health, family and community with the story of her mother’s extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself. In this solo show with other people in it, Kron asks the provocative question: Are we responsible for our own il...more
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Published August 1st 2005 by Theatre Communications Group
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Jul 07, 2008 Brenda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Theatre folk interested in one-person performance and how to tweak it (or not)
Recommended to Brenda by: Chris
A woman tries to conduct an "exploration" of sickness, both on the individual and the societal level. Her carefully laid plans are disrupted by the repeated intrusions of her mother, whom she has brought on-stage to illustrate her points. Her play eventually falls apart, revealing a deeper truth than the one she thought she was looking for.

By reading the preface, I thought I was in for a much more radical play than the one that finally unfolded. I was intrigued by the idea of the narrator's moth...more
Playmakers is doing this show in February and I recommend it highly. It's a really enjoyable read, but I expect it to be a fantastic show. Besides it's metatheatrics, it deals with the questions of wellness and sickness being an everydayness vs. an idea that this is something out of the ordinary and there is a wellness to strive for. That this isn't a simple easy issue. You can't just make yourself well. These things are complex and hard to wrap your brain around. Oh yeah, and it's funny.
1. it's really more the structure here. something i would have liked to see on stage before i saw the inner workings.

2. it's such a small thing, but really...fantastic:

"I though i was going to be a housewife and i thought i'd have kids and i'd have a house to organize and i'd have a husband, who, you know, in my case, would be away at war."
What a fascinating play--if that is even the best word to use. Kron manages to create a deeply-affecting portrait of her mother and the relationship between them while at the same time exploding the very theatrical structures that allow her to tell that story.
i heard lisa read from this at a conference and was just spellbound by her performance and her words. something is lost, of course, in encountering this moving work on the page rather than seeing it unfolding in front of you.
Great play. Now I have to see the play in person, which I imagine would be much better than reading it.
Entertaining and heartwrenching at once.
A great play, both clever and tender.
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