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In a Word

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent

About the show

Lesser America presents this absurdist new play about the power of loss and how to get over, around, and through what haunts you. More…

Today is the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Fiona’s son, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, hoping to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.

Member Reviews (51)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
Avg Score

Ambitious in content and form, Great staging, Uneven, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you like experimental plays about difficult subjects (autism AND disappearance). More complications fr wordplay that obscures & fascinates.

Don't see it if you want lite stuff. Well-staged, tho. And protean character is well-written, well-acted. Even w sad plot, little emotional response.

Also Both the staging was impressive. Lots of imaginative touches and seaml... Read more Read less

Interesting storytelling, Uneven acting, Entertaining, Slow

See it if Some really great and some not really great acting. Interesting theme. Touching at times. Slow reveal storytelling keeps one thinking

Don't see it if Small production are not for you. Slow and at points confusing.

Riveting, Resonant, Exquisite, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if Powerful drama with virtuosic use of language and superb acting. Intense from start to finish.

Don't see it if You won't like a non-linear fragmented storyline that represents the characters' shattered world.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Good acting, Well written

See it if Yee's award-winning drama about the aftermath of a child's disappearance. Written with a dizzying command of language well handled by actors

Don't see it if Fragmented & disjointed plotting reflective of mother's state of mind can be confusing. Raw emotions, situations compelling but not for all

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great writing performed by a superb cast (Justin Mark nails multiple parts) with scenic and lighting design that wows.

Don't see it if you are bothered by the challenges of loss, guilt and autism that explode throughout this production.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you like challenging pieces in a unique theatrical language involving sound and action, an excellent performance by a recent Julliard grad

Don't see it if you don't like plays where secrets are only hinted at until final moments, deliberately confusing style that keeps one wondering

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy family dramas told in an interesting & new way. You like stories that are told out of order. You like clever staging & playwriting

Don't see it if You prefer more traditional storytelling. You don't like absurdism.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a very powerful drama in a small space with excellent acting. The intensity of the action is amazing. Do not miss this show.

Don't see it if you prefer comedy or light hearted plays. I was so impressed with this play. I will check out more from this playwright.

Also I hope a bigger company will notice this play like MTC or Roundabout. ... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Slow

See it if you want to see a creative use of the "curse jar"

Don't see it if you are looking for something that will make you think. Everything is handed to us.

Also There are some plays that need a bit of a tweak but this needs to be b... Read more Read less

Intriguing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever staging and deft direction, Interesting word-play

See it if you like absurdity w your psychological dramas, exploring effects of loss/grief. Sad subject, but play's not devastating or too emotional.

Don't see it if Don't want to work a bit to follow the story & creative turn-of-phrase. 1 actor plays multi-roles (really well!) It's a fresh, modern take.

Also I was intrigued with this production and stayed interested throughout.... Read more Read less

Good writing. good acting. good show.

See it if You want good theatre

Don't see it if You only like musicals!

Intelligent, Resonant, Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you can deal with a non-linear and non-realistic plot; this show involved make-believe characters which existed only in the mind of the mom

Don't see it if you want a totally realistic plot and characters; you don't care for non-linear plots; you don't care to think too much.

Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Intense

See it if you want an interesting dialogue, which keeps you intrigued till the end, when the story finally reveals itself. Justin Marks was great!

Don't see it if you don't like intense plays about a families loss.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if If a psychological drama about an adoption gone wrong and a disappeared child's effect on a couple's marriage and sanity will grab you.

Don't see it if If quick scene changes and time shifts plus multiple characters played by the same actor would confuse you or tricks with words lose you..

Also Disturbing but fascinating drama. It grabbed me right at the start and... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like wordplay. If you enjoy fine acting.

Don't see it if You expect a cogent storyline.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Well performed, Great staging, Edgy

See it if a drama about a family dealing with a life or death crisis interests. Fine acting.

Don't see it if open-ended discourse can be confusing. A lot here is disturbing and unsettling.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if enjoyable show. excellent wordplay within a touching story. well acted by all 3 performers. really well staged too.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to a story about a missing child. you want simple straight forward dialogue

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy watching the complexity of a woman's mind that feels guilty for the loss of her child.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in how we process loss and the complexities of a marriage after losing a child.

Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see great acting and interesting writing and like to play with words.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straightforward comedy or drama.

Intense, Resonant, Great staging

See it if Well-executed, well-acted, yet mercifully short piece on conflicted parents rearing an autistic kid. Tough to take but worthwhile.

Don't see it if The non-linear structure and unconventional language may confuse some, but it makes for a more interesting experience.

Well acted, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you want some nice acting, especially the multi character kid

Don't see it if you want fuller dialogue

Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like family drama told in a unique and quirky way. Great writing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't want thought provoking drama.

Clever, Poetic, Edgy

See it if enjoy the combination of heartfelt drama and surreal wordplay

Don't see it if think that there is no place for humor in the story about a missing child.

Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like non-linear plays that are a bit absurdist.

Don't see it if you like straightforward stuff.

Great staging, Ambitious, Indulgent, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if You appreciate non-linear storylines, clever language, darker themes, small cast shows

Don't see it if The subject of autism or losing a child is hard for you to watch. You want something light with straightforward plot. Wordplay confounds you

Also I am very conflicted about this play. Loved the inventive staging. Thr... Read more Read less

June 28th, 2017
"A sad and breathless and often pretty funny play...Yee and Rafaeli tilt the play toward surrealism, keeping horror at bay with quick-fire dialogue and bad jokes...'In a Word' emphasizes metaphor and repetition in ways that sometimes feel dramatically potent, at other times self-consciously write...
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June 29th, 2017
"The Dead Child plot has become a familiar way to give a woman a dramatic arc through guilt and grief...Yee has chops, but she has trouble here in making something that doesn't seem like an echo of plays that have gone before. 'In a Word' does boast some genuinely fresh moments...What saves the d...
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July 1st, 2017
“Lauren Yee's ‘In a Word,’ winner of the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize and a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award, is a powerful drama delineating the journey of a couple Fiona (Laura Ramadei) and Guy (Jose Joaquin Perez), whose adopted son Tristan, age seven, has gone missing. It is the second an...
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June 27th, 2017
"An immensely clever, well-written work that explores grief and memory, creating a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience...An immensely clever play from start to finish. Lauren Yee's intelligent script is matched by the production's staging ...The actors help to pull off a script that requires a lo...
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