Tribes: Drama Desk Award-Winner Delves Into Deafness
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The world premiere of this touching drama from playwright Jordan Harrison -- who currently writes for Netflix's hit series Orange Is the New Black -- features an all-star cast that includes Tony Award nominee Lois Smith (True Blood, Twister) in the title role, Lisa Emery (Louie, Law & Order), Jeff Ward (Body of Proof) and Tony winner Frank Wood (The Newsroom, Flight of the Conchords, Changeling). A compelling and exquisitely crafted tale of memory, loss and love, this poignant drama explores uncharted theatrical terrain in its tale of Marjorie -- a clever woman who, at 85 years old, finds that her memory is failing. Residing in an assisted living facility, Marjorie enjoys frequent visits from her anxious daughter and kind son-in-law ... and soon she'll begin receiving visitations from a mysterious young man named Walter, who hopes to help reverse Marjorie's decline. Told through a series of shifting realities, Marjorie Prime poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of loss, memory and reality in an age of artificial intelligence. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from S DeCRed Velvet
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Hard to hear/follow at first. Very good play, once story gets going. Best bet is to be in centermost seats...theater is in semi-round, so in side sections actors often are faced away from you. Plus at least one actor is deaf, so his speech can be difficult to follow, especially if you can't see his face. That said, good play that deals with issues most of us haven't given much thought to; very well staged and played.
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Curiously, for a production about communication, the sound was not great and between the accents and ennunciations of the actors, it was difficult to pick up all the dialog. Also although interesting subject matter, the play was slow in parts. ...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“A smart, lively … new play that asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech.” —_The New York Times _
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Running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission.
This show is recommended for those ages 13 and older._