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Arena Stage - Fichandler
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024
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6 reviews
9 stars
attended Sep 27 2007

This was rightly a critical success but not a commercial one. It is a play within a play which attempts to recount or describe the relationship between the playwright and her mother. Both actresses (Ackerman and Robinette) are excellent in the...continued

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40 stars
attended Oct 05 2007

Staging was too unwieldly - play too fragmented

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19 reviews
7 stars
attended Oct 05 2007

Because it dealt with a profound subject, health and illness, I thought it would be profound. Instead, it was trite, repetitive --- constantly spelling out what it is trying to do. It substitued cute tricks, such as a girl popping from...continued

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Mother knows best in this hilarious and moving Tony Award-nominated comedy about childhood and family. As she talks about growing up in a household full of allergies and social activism, Lisa, the play’s heroine, loses control of her own autobiography.

Things spin into riotously comic territory as her mom continually interrupts the proceedings to set the record straight. Other actors, employed by Lisa to help tell her tale, stage a comedic coup d’état, ultimately siding with her mom’s version of events. Even a bully from Lisa’s elementary school days barges into the narrative.

During its acclaimed Broadway run, the New York Times described Well as “something magical” and a “deeply affecting play that has a warmth and accessibility that makes you want to recommend it to everyone.”

By Lisa Kron

Directed by Kyle Donnelly

About the Ticket Supplier: Arena Stage

Arena Stage today stands as a flagship American theater. Arena Stage was one of the first not-for-profit theaters in the United States, as well as a pioneer of the regional theater movement. It was the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, the first invited by the U.S. State Department to tour behind the Iron Curtain, and the first to receive a Tony Award. Taking a leadership role in extending theater’s horizons, Arena Stage has implemented groundbreaking policies and programs, promoting diversity in all aspects of theater, from theatergoing to production.

The Arena Stage legacy of world-class productions includes vast epics, charged dramas, rousing musicals, and probing profiles. From the monumental to the developmental, Arena Stage has helped build the canon of American theater. While they produce American classics, Arena Stage premieres new American plays and supported works in progress. They’ve nurtured artistic growth and engaged the community, broadening and intensifying the theatrical experience for one and all. And yet, in spite of it all, in their second half-century they see themselves as more fresh, restless and dynamic than ever.