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In a Word

From 51 member  reviews
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

During previews
Well acted, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if Interested in stories of loss or difficulties of being a parents. Mark juggles multiple characters w/ ease & gives a great performance.

Don't see it if Found it to be on the slower side and didn't feel compassion or connected to the characters or story.

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You like slow moving, stylized writing for slow moving stylized writing sake. To see interesting staging, which was the production highlight

Don't see it if You're looking for a mature playwriting voice who's moved beyond the novice conceit that altering convention is the path to originality.

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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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