A geneticist is hired to figure out why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes, but her research threatens to destroy the tribe's most sacred traditions. More…
With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? 'Informed Consent' - a co-production between Ensemble Studio Theatre and Primary Stages - is a drama about one woman’s quest to answer the mysteries of science in her career as well as in her home life. The play was inspired by a landmark court case between the Havasupai tribe and Arizona State University.
See it if you are fascinated by health issues (here, diabetes). Unfortunately, this piece lacks focus. It goes off the rails.
Don't see it if you want coherent story-telling. I felt frustrated by IC's rambling plot.
See it if you're interested in truly interesting story-telling about identity, from race to cultural heritage to hereditary illness.
Don't see it if you don't want to think about the issue of identity.
See it if you are intrigued by the tension between benefit of scientific discovery and personal knowledge and comfort of unchallenged faith/fantasy
Don't see it if mixed race couples and children, concept humans as a single race, or scientific prediction of desease/traits upset you or can't sit 90 min.
See it if a writer's clever connections between scientific, social, & personal issues presented with clarity and theatricality excites you.
Don't see it if story theatre conventions seem childish and information you could read in an essay is less important to you than live-wire bonds btw actors.
See it if you like science, sociological ideas, strong female leads, multi-cultural casts, family drama
Don't see it if you are looking for pure escapism
See it if You like shows about issues. You like dramatic plays that make you think about things. You appreciate good casting. You like the director.
Don't see it if You'd rather see a joyful comedy instead of a more serious drama with tension, betrayal, and fighting. You need to like all the characters.
See it if You would enjoy a true story about the clash between scientific research/ambition and respect for native american cultural heritage.
Don't see it if You wouldn't consider cultural beliefs and ancestral heritage to be a valid reason to limit science.
See it if questions of race, genetic destiny or Native American stories or good acting and ambitious new plays that don't totally make it interest you
Don't see it if Big ideas/science bore you. Thought-provoking entertainment isn't your jam. Human drama mixed with politics/race issues aren't your thing.
See it if You enjoy thought provoking, world view challenging material.
Don't see it if You are restless with dialogue that is not tightly written.
See it if You enjoy debating "Would you want to find out if you have a bad gene?" and sprightly staging of an unusual topic for a play
Don't see it if You dislike fourth-wall-breaking, preachy explanations - the lead scientist says "we're all [genetic] cousins!!" way too many times.