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Sister Calling My Name

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Good acting

About the show

In this drama, a divorced young man is tricked into returning to his hometown after a self-willed separation of nearly eighteen years to face an emotionally charged encounter with his past. More…

From the show:

A young man, Michael Stouffer, disillusioned by divorce and a failed academic career, is tricked into returning to his hometown after a self-willed separation of nearly eighteen years to face an emotionally charged encounter with his past.

An enthralling tour de force, this award-winning play deals with issues of love and loss, faith and doubt, the strength of family ties, and the possibility of personal redemption.

Member Reviews (6)


Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Good acting
Avg Score

Hollow, Unconvincing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Faith-based fable of sanguine Sister who's optimistic about reconnecting her ex w/ his distanced infantile disabled sis. "Blessings flow."

Don't see it if Unconvincing portrayal of crucial disabled sis, jarringly deflates every scene she appears. "Inside the depths of a carnival spookhouse."

Also "God did this/She is sub-human; you treat her accordingly/She's in nee... Read more Read less

Quirky, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate the complicated family dynamics involved when one is disabled. Explored from different points of view Well staged

Don't see it if You want a light easy snappy night out or a fancy theater production, at moments this was devastating

Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Conscience calling names !, A moral compass!

See it if U want to see work from the heart & soul that’ll engage your sensitivity completely! No score is high enough for this priceless gem! Go see!

Don't see it if U scoff at religion/faith & think U know all about love & caring when U have never experience it on a higher level.. Maybe U should see it..

Also Hats off to Buzz MacLaughlin for a heart & soul wrenching script that ... Read more Read less

Intended to inspire, Didactic, Moving, Good acting, Uplifting

See it if if you want to see an uplifting, faith-based, well written, well acted story.

Don't see it if if you like plays that are edgy, original, and complex.

Great acting, Absorbing

See it if want to get emotionally involved, you enjoy good acting, you're open to exploring difficult subjects.

Don't see it if ...any talk of religion turns you off, you are disturbed by glimpses of the mentally ill.

During previews

See it if You want to see a story about a family’s struggles in dealing with a mentally disabled family member

Don't see it if You will be bothered by some unusual staging

Also I really enjoyed the concept and the idea of this play. I don’t feel l... Read more Read less

February 4th, 2020
"'Sister Calling My Name' wants to tell an uplifting tale of the power of faith, but it is so overtaken by evasions and cosmetic touch-ups that the effect is spoiled."
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February 1st, 2020
"Unfortunately, the play is surprisingly unmoving and frustratingly uninvolving. Chief among the problems is the dialogue, which is simultaneously overwrought and underwritten."
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February 7th, 2020
"Buzz McLaughlin's story and characters are potentially interesting but in the form currently presented...the play seems like a very accomplished first draft. The characters are never fleshed out by the script or the actors and the plot elements are never entirely surprising."
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February 15th, 2020
"But at 110 minutes (with intermission) it is far too repetitive for the very thin story delivered. It's certainly a fascinating experience to explore, but perhaps not quite like this."
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