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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
Avg Score

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Verbally sharp

See it if You enjoy clever word play, originality & absurdity, wrapped into a drama about parents coping with the disappearance of their difficult son

Don't see it if You are not interested in an intimate theater setting, a 3 actor play in which one actor plays multiple roles, or a play with word play.

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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