By Andrew Andrews
That sucks for the people who will suffer the diseases first hand.
But it sucks even more for friends and family members that will have to watch them suffer, living with different people taking over the bodies of the loved ones they used to know.
Enter Joy (Kittson O’Neill), a professor who’s spent her entire life looking for answers to the question of existence, and her aging mother George (Suzanna Hay), whose recent bout with cancer has left her
And enter Anna (LaDonna Burns), the hospice care nurse who “sees people for who they are” and tries to convince Joy that the situation will be a lot easier if Joy learns to see George “how she is,
But Joy can’t seem to do it.
Instead, she flashes back to the days when she was nine years old, and a much younger George (Lori Hammel) dances with her to
And to age seventeen, when George tried to convince her to go to the prom, or she’d regret not going for the rest of her life.
And age fourteen,
And then there’s Joy’s teaching assistant, Michael (Maxwell Eddy),
Director Kathryn MacMillan has everyone in Jennifer Blackmer’s story down to a tee: from Hay’s convincing portrayal of a woman who seems lost in her own mind,
But if we could hand out only one award for the entire show, it would have to go to Burns, for her utterly convincing portrayal of the wisest of them all.
Put them all together, and there’s an important lesson here for everyone facing the passage of time.
So check it out, then come back and let us know how close this story brought you to tears.
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Andrew Andrews attended Unraveled at Theatre Row in New York on Friday, September 7, 2018 @ 7:00pm to write this review.