True-Life Drama Bill W. and Dr. Bob About the Founders of A.A.
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The last date listed for Bill W. and Dr. Bob was Saturday January 30, 2016 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Ian LaneRed Velvet
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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 moved by the plight of these two good men, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, as they work their way through their own demons to find a way to help those similarly afflicted. The theater was crowded, and the crowd enthusiastic. The acting was convincing, and the staging was very well done.
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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
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“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
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.