Well, A Comedy About Childhood and Family at Arena Stage
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The last date listed for Well was Friday October 5, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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Set against the dramatic backdrop of political and social upheaval in 1963 Louisiana, Caroline, or… More
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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
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