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Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam Street New York City, NY 10013
212-691-1555
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 200 members
Review from Deborah R. Clark
Red Velvet 204 events 134 reviews

Bill W.and Dr.Bob was truly a moving phenomenal production. It described the changes that one has to go through coming off of the disease called Alcohol. The on and the off and falling off the wagon process of that dreaded disease called Alcohol....continued

reviewed Jan 24 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from KnightinNYC
Red Velvet 112 events 47 reviews

Reminds us all of the struggles of any addiction and the will power, support and jourmey it takes to overcome it.

reviewed Aug 16 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Ian Lane
Red Velvet 69 events 18 reviews

Very worthwhile and emotional play. I also learned a lot about the disease of alcoholism, one which, thankfully, I have very little first hand experience of. I'm guessing that people with alcoholic friends or relatives would be substantially...continued

reviewed Jan 29 2016 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“The miraculous story, beautifully told, of the men who named the disease and created the cure.” —Martin Sheen
“Sharp performances and a purpose-driven script (that captures the humor of the human experience) make this a satisfying revival.” —The New York Times

Description

This acclaimed play about the two title characters, the men who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, is returning in a new production directed by Seth Gordon. This stirring and surprisingly humorous play by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey portrays their meeting and friendship and chronicles the beginnings of A.A. by the stockbroker Bill Wilson and the surgeon Dr. Bob Smith and the founding of Al Anon by their wives Lois and Anne. After being diagnosed as an incurable alcoholic, failed stockbroker Bill Wilson thought the way to fully recover, after previous attempts, was to speak with a fellow alcoholic. During a trip to Akron, Wilson called a clergyman and asked for the name of a local alcoholic to speak to, which led him to respected surgeon Bob Smith. They met the night of May 12, 1935, in the living room of Akron matron Henrietta Sieberling and spoke for six hours straight. This was the first AA meeting and within a month, the support group was founded.

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