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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
77
Avg Score

73
Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Wordy, Dark

See it if you enjoy absurdist elements in your family dramas, you're into weird wordplay or child abduction mysteries, you love Laura Ramadei's acting

Don't see it if adults playing kids bothers you, if you have an aversion to cramped or uncomfortable seating, you like metaphors to make sense.

Also This show is fairly short-- less than 90 minutes, which is good, becau... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You enjoy great acting and witty dialogue. You have parented a special needs child.

Don't see it if You can't abide a comedic take on a heart breaking subject: child abduction.

77
Absorbing, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like dark psychological stories with fantastical twirls (I'd call it more fabulism than absurdism)

Don't see it if You're bothered by small-scale, sometimes confusing productions. You prefer straightforward narratives or musicals.

85
Great writing, Great acting, Refreshing, Exquisite, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in wordplays and memory theatre.

Don't see it if you do not like stories that focus on a very specific topic from the beginning until the end.

75
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like intense plays. The acting was very good by all 3 cast members. Clever use of the set. If you like small venues

Don't see it if If you don't like the intense subject matter of "losing" a child. If You don't like small venues.

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you enjoy new work. It's not a typical causal plot and nothing works linearly. If you liked Stop Kiss or Animal you'd likely vibe with this.

Don't see it if you like things to be straight forward and immediately honest.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Great writing and creative directions. The show has an excellent lighting design. Remarkable acting.

Don't see it if you don't like drama or suspense.

40
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You like plays that scratch the surface of serious emotional issues in order to produce comic and stylistic effect.

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious, full bodied production produced by serious, full bodied theater artists.

Also After seven years as a theater company Lesser America seems to be spin... Read more Read less

During previews
67
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
81
Absorbing, Quirky, Intelligent, Quick, Entertaining

See it if You like short plays. Well acted though it felt a bit like watching Ping-Pong. I don't think any line was longer than 4-5 words.

Don't see it if You want a linear straight forward storyline. This bounces around quite a bit. It's easy to follow but you don't know where you're going.

During previews
30
Banal, Confusing, Poor direction, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy non-linear plays.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy non-linear plays.

Also This could have been good but the playwright, Lauren Yee, and director... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You enjoy being challenged. This is a play with multiple sides and states of consciousness. You are fascinated by wordplay within dialogue.

Don't see it if You need everything happening on stage spelled out clearly. You want to sit back and be entertained. Psychological drama isn't your thing.

During previews
80
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to exercise your brain

Don't see it if Too lazy to follow a play that is in constant motion.

During previews
82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You have an interest in this bleak topic, with seamless movement from past to present with central couple and brilliant everyman.

Don't see it if You have lost a child in any way, have known anyone who lost a child, have a vulnerable child. Want to laugh.

During previews
74
Absorbing, Confusing, Slow, Implausible, Intense

See it if you enjoy a show that concentrates on complex emotions while overlooking the need for reality in a serious drama.

Don't see it if you care if a show doesn't hold together in the real world, even if the emotions involved are relayed strongly.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play about a couple that lost their difficult adopted son and how they are coping with it.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a 3 person play with one person who plays many characters (and very well I might add).

Also This was a very good play. The fact that they lost their son and how t... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like verbal word play and poetic language and thought a non linear play well acted

Don't see it if You want an easy sit back and relax night at the theater this is a quiet play about serious themes

During previews
78
Absorbing, Confusing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like psycho-drama with a fast-moving but not always coherent plot and complex characters who do not always seem to make total sense.

Don't see it if You like 'vanilla' straightforward plays and if you are not comfortable dealing with the effects of autism on a child and his parents.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing

See it if You like plays that deal with loss and are left unresolved.

Don't see it if You deal can't with unresolved loss.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Exquisite

See it if you are looking for a unique, intense, sad drama about the loss of a child. The word play is masterful.

Don't see it if you need a linear plot or realism. You have to be ready to listen and pay attention.

During previews
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Profound

See it if You are interested in autism, love and forgiveness

Don't see it if You lost a child or your marriage to mental illness

During previews
70
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if If you like plays about deep loss, especially the loss of a child.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you find the deep pain of losing a child difficult watch.

During previews
65
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.

Also There were some interesting ideas in this play, and all the performers... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You love great acting. If you can relate to all experiences of parenthood. Go just to see Justin Mark who plays so many roles brilliantly.

Don't see it if If the subject matter of missing children is an unpleasant trigger. Other than that, GO! Really liked this and entire cast is excellent!

During previews
82
Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like darker plays about real life issues.

Don't see it if If you get upset about missing children or don’t like explicit language.

Also It’s a dark production filled with flashbacks and twists. Yet, the act... 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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