Anna Deavere Smith's Solo Show Let Me Down Easy Examines the Health Care Conundrum
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The last date listed for Let Me Down Easy was Sunday May 15, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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As a San Diego Rep subscriber I generally appreciate the Rep's offerings. I did not attend this production on my regular night with my fellow subscribers because of a conflict. (For some internal Rep reason this show was not part of the voucher system – so Goldstar to the rescue!) I was told to be sure to see 'Let me Down Easy' because it was beautifully done and very emotionally moving. My friends were right. Anna Deavere Smith was phenomenal taking on so many diverse parts and doing them so convincingly. I'd recommend this production to anyone who has a heart and has ever cared about someone else.
Quotes & Highlights
- <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june11/deaveresmith_02-07.html">PBS Newshour Conversation with Anna Deavere Smith</a>
- Read preview articles on the show from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/22/theater-preview-easy-gets-at-difficult-matters/"><em>San Diego Union Tribune</em></a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nctimes.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/theatre/article_d860c0c9-22da-5109-b286-ca61f4376404.html"><em>North County Times</em></a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sdrep.org/Images/file/LMDE_SanDiegoMagazineFeature.pdf"><em>San Diego Magazine</em></a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lajollalight.com/2011/04/19/local-theaters-join-forces-to-present-acclaimed-one-woman-show-let-me-down-easy-about-health-care-conundrum/"><em>La Jolla Light</em></a>, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sdrep.org/Images/file/LMDE_Rage_April.pdf"><em>RAGE Monthly</em></a>.
Called “the most exciting individual in American Theatre” by Newsweek, Anna Deavere Smith is the winner of two Tony Award® nominations, two Obie Awards, and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. You may also have seen her on The West Wing, The Practice, or Nurse Jackie.
For the past eight years, Smith has interviewed hundreds of Americans to create a virtuosic and moving show about the power and vulnerability of the body, the price of health, and the resilience of the human spirit. She speaks directly to our hopes and discomforts about life, death, whom we should take care of and who should(or should not) take care of us. This show is a bracing, poetic experience you won’t want to miss.