The Vineyard Theater presents this new cross-generational comedic drama by Colman Domingo and directed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. More…
The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.
See it if you want to watch a show with a heavy plot line with hilarious content to make it less intense.
Don't see it if you cannot handle topics such as dementia or homosexuality.
See it if You want a clever, yet heartbreaking portrayal of a very three-dimensional family. Beautiful, emotional and thematically diverse.
Don't see it if You want something that pushes the boundaries of theatre. It's very worth seeing, but doesn't bring much new to the theatrical cannon.
See it if you want to see a heartfelt and very well directed comedy drama of family life. It's really a joy to experience the honesty and truth here.
Don't see it if Well..some might say it's a mess, but, so is life and facing hard truths of an aging parent. Too much love and truth? Come on people...
See it if You want to laugh and then cry at the challenges of watching loved ones age. And the performances are spectacular! Especially Dot!
Don't see it if Alzheimers is a painful topic for you
See it if family dramedys are your thing. It's a refreshing spin on the living room drama. The actress who plays Dot is marvelous.
Don't see it if issues with senior citizen and mental health problems is a trigger for you.
See it if you like stories of family relationships. The focus is on alzheimer’s and its impact for all concerned including the patient. Not a downer.
Don't see it if just want comedy. This play has both but the heart of the story is touching.
See it if the new normal of stageplays - incorporating diversity, gay identity, & dementia - concocted w humor & brio cracks your code for bracing fun
Don't see it if you crave a dash of true innovation & insight. Act 2 is 2 on the nose & sentimental.
See it if You like dysfunctional-family dramas with some comic relief thrown in and have too-plus hours to spare.
Don't see it if You like cogent storytelling.
See it if you've already seen everything else you want to see. It's nice but not worth prioritizing.
Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by the writing fluctuating from insightful to cliched, or the performances ranging from masterful to inconsistent.
See it if A worthy theme but too many sub-plots.Excellent acting by "Dotty" but much of the acting over the top by the other women. Needed editing!
Don't see it if You are unhappy with plays that go on much too long needlessly.
See it if You want to see the exciting, young talent Michael Rosen!!! His performance steals the show. Some great one liners in this script as well.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy being yelled at. Made me tune out certain characters about halfway through the first scene.
See it if You love family drama interactions, enjoy a good laugh, despite difficulty and want to learn more about an important topic that affects all
Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor and cringe at the word family drama:)!
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