In North Philly, combat veteran Elliot works at Subway, cares for his dying mom, and leans on his cousin Yaz as he tries to acclimate to civilian life. Online, four addicts cling to their chat room support group, struggling for another day sober. These lives collide as events small and large threaten their fragile stabilities, in this eloquent and haunting play about resilience, redemption, and families of both blood and choice.
Run Time: Two hours, including one 15-minute intermission.
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A rich, arresting production.
…A sensitively wrought piece, with an ambitious range of concerns and some interesting observations about the families we’re born into and the ones we create in a modern age, in therapeutic situations, and even online.
Quiara Alegría Hudes tries not to overthink her process, but a few ideas were swirling as she began to draft Water by the Spoonful: she wanted to write about recovery and redemption, feature characters of different ethnicities, and set part of the play in an online chat room. “I knew it was going to be big and messy,” she recalls.Read More