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Arena Stage - Fichandler
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024
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3.5 / 5 Rated by 19 members
Review from J-US
55 events 6 reviews

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

reviewed Sep 27 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Susan Forbush
136 events 27 reviews

Staging was too unwieldly - play too fragmented

reviewed Oct 05 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Dagmar
46 events 20 reviews

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

reviewed Oct 05 2007 report as inappropriate
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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

<em>The Magic Play</em> Louis Vierne's <em>Solemn Mass</em> Comedian Jimmy Carr Cherry Blossom/Springtime Harbor Cruise <em>The Fillmore Flashback</em> <em>The Sweet Spot DC</em>