This world premiere is a heart-wrenching comedy about one family's coming of age, as they reckon with what they're willing to sacrifice to protect one another—and what they won't. More…
Bernie and Mikey are perched on the edge of adulthood—a sister and brother trapped between the lives they crave and the circumstances they were born into. The children of a working class Italian family in 1990s Chicago, Mikey is torn between unrealized potential and loyalty to his sister, while Bernie, living with a cognitive disability, longs to find her voice but faces a world unwilling to listen.
See it if you are willing to sit through stretches of unremarkable dialog in order to experience several scenes of affecting drama.
Don't see it if you like your plays fast-paced & trimmed of fat.
See it if you'd like to sit with one family's loving struggle with a mentally challenged member, presented with real-life situations that are honest.
Don't see it if you are looking for a quick take on the situation, as this play is bit long in telling the story because it is written from the heart.
See it if You want a play that shows how people w/special needs were treated in the recent past.You want a standout performance from Stephanie Gould.
Don't see it if You prefer non-stagy dialogue. You want a coherent production: several choices didn't make sense: play set in '90s, set & music from '60s...
See it if you want to see totally naturalistic acting depicting a touching, difficult situation. Ben Rosloff stands out in his debut.
Don't see it if you want something light, although there IS humor in the play. It is definitely entertaining.
See it if You'd like to see a debut play about a dysfunctional family with a brain-injured adult child. Sadly, this feels like a freshman effort.
Don't see it if OK w an interminable 1st act-acting & direction suffer from timing issues. 2nd act picks up towards the end. Most of the actors just yell.
See it if You want to see a snap shot of a family with a disabled adult daughter and how everyone deals with that.
Don't see it if It was a mish mash of beautiful moments and over the top unsubtle yelling/drama. The entire first half felt like exposition.
See it if A slow dysfunctional family drama focusing on the impact of a special needs daughter. Some touching moments.
Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light dramas or musicals.
See it if You want to see a well acted play about a family dealing with a disabled daughter/sister. Actors did a good job with the material they had.
Don't see it if You want a tighter written play. This had too many subplots and I felt as if I had seen this play before.
See it if you'd enjoy a lite-hearted AND intense glimpse into a Chicago family's struggles w/special-needs adult child, & how it affects all involved.
Don't see it if you don't like raw family dramas. There's a lot of over-the-top shouting, but a lot of very caring palpable love & physical comfort as well.
See it if You liked Amy and the Orphans or We Live by the Sea and want to see another show like that. It's a good show, but it felt less original.
Don't see it if You are looking for something brand new.
See it if You want to see a fairly sensitive portrayal of a strained family that includes a disabled adult child.
Don't see it if You want a play where characters say believable things instead of serving as mouthpieces and extraneous plot points aren't tossed around.
See it if a well-acted, heart-warming comedy-drama about a family with a mentally challenged grown daughter, and how it strains the relationships,
Don't see it if if you are offended by lots of profanity, can't sit through a 2-hr show, want a very uplifting show with no stressful situations
See it if A touchy story about a family with a child with disabilities, that brings to light the sacrifices and the constant struggle to make
Don't see it if do not like play about children with disabilities
See it if you are interested in a show about the daily joy and struggles of a family with an adult special needs daughter. Amazing acting all around!
Don't see it if you don't like shows about serious subjects or are not willing to listen to a lot of 4 letter words.
See it if Raw emotion throughout portrays a family dealing with a handicapped child who effects each member’s life’s journey in profound ways,
Don't see it if You find the issues of a struggling family with a handicapped child disturbing. Lots of profanity could make some uncomfortable.
See it if You like well written family dramas that deal with the dilemma of raising a child who is mentally disabled.
Don't see it if You like lighter fare and would be upset by the theme of caring for a disabled child.
See it if You want to see a play straight out of 1950's (plus some 70's language). Enjoyable, and professionally done.
Don't see it if you want even a smattering a of innovation, and sentiments that arent laid on with a paint roller.
See it if Emotionally complex story of mentally challenged , severely disabled family member and its affect and frustrating price caring for her.
Don't see it if do care to hear a lot of four letter words.
See it if a stellar ensemble cast - every one w/ a stunning resume - combined with lots of laughs and a healthy dose of heart gets your blood pumping
Don't see it if you fall asleep at dialogue-focused character-driven straight plays or enjoy only musicals.
See it if You are interested in a family caring for a handicapped family member or want to see an interesting show with good acting.
Don't see it if You want to see something lighter.