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The White Chip

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

Arizona Theater Company presents a dry comedy about drying out. More…

From the show:

Steven is on top of the world: he’s married, has good friends, and is steps away from his dream job running one of the hottest theaters in the country. He also happens to be an alcoholic spinning out of control. 

Follow his life from first sip to first love, critical hit to critical care, all the way to rock bottom, where he carves an unusual path to sobriety. The White Chip is a wry and wild theatrical journey to recovery.

Member Reviews (71)


Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining
Avg Score

Relevant, Repetitive, Fast-paced, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you'd like insightful, funny, touching alcoholism story.What saves our hero? Not usual AA religious belief. Intellig script, strg lead actor

Don't see it if you dislike actors playing many roles. Pace sometimes frenetic. Material is a bit repetitive (addiction is). Still, inspiring and moving.

Moving, Insightful, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Talented young man succumbs to alcoholism, and eventually recovers. Entertaining and moving. I cried.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in another addiction story. But the theme is deeper: young man is stricken by disease. Suffering yields to wisdom.

Educational, Predictable, Thought-provoking, Clever, Great ensemble work

See it if good writing, clever staging and great acting in a good cause will hold your attention,

Don't see it if Alcoholism is triggering issue for you.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Funny

See it if The make it funny. Looking into a alcoholic upside down world, the lies they not only tell themselves, but other.

Don't see it if If subject matter is not your thing.

Also This show is funny for a serious subject.

Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if 3 exceptional Bwy actors (especially the lead) show tale of guy who drinks excessively thru-out the day & how it affects everyone around him

Don't see it if Folding chairs very uncomfortable w/hard backs. If person next to you moves, you feel a violent jolt in your seat. Highly uncomfortable.

Great acting

See it if You want to see a play about an alcoholic who is desperately trying to fight his addictions

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that involve actors playing multiple roles. Two of the three actors play multiple roles in this

Also Overall I’m not a big fan of plays that involve actors playing many ro... Read more Read less

Frenetic pace, Like alcoholism, the story repeats, Revealing, Good acting, Entertaining

See it if Want realistic-seeming story of addiction told in humorous, almost farcical way. Lead actor very good. Touching in part. Holds attention.

Don't see it if Don't like actors playing multi-roles, would find story of decades long addiction & its denial too upsetting, don't like religious reference

Also I struggled with how to score this - it was almost TOO entertaining gi... Read more Read less

Well done interesting story of addiction

See it if You appreciate stories about difficult situations.

Don't see it if You like light fare and comedies.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you have ever been touched by addiction--and that means all of us.This fast moving, touching, brilliantly acted play is not to be missed

Don't see it if you are looking for mindless comedy.This is very funny, but it makes you think and feel. Helped me understand how hard it is to quit.

Funny, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in addiction story told in comical and accessible way. Great performance from Joe Tapper.

Don't see it if you can't see the humor in serious and tragic situations. High energy and funny performance with very dark subject matter.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Three fine actors tell the tale of the ravages of alcoholism. Creative and engaging performance.

Don't see it if If you prefer light dramas or musicals.

Relevant, Great writing, Clever, Heart-breaking, Funny

See it if you'd enjoy a funny, touching, heart-breaking journey through the highs and rock-bottom lows of alcoholism.

Don't see it if you are triggered by simulated heavy drinking or feel that alcoholism should never be presented with jokes and laughter.

Also You are in for a roller-coaster ride of emotions as Joe Tapper expertl... Read more Read less

Timely, Indulgent, Some funny moments, Manic

See it if you want to see one man's story of his battle with alcoholism. The 3 actors work very hard, constantly moving, 2 playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if you might be offended by some blatant religious stereotyping -- particularly offensive.

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Like plays that tell stories about issues we go through in an entertaining way.

Don't see it if You have issues with issues oriented play. Like addiction,

Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a small show with great acting that tells the true and typical story of an addict and his attempt to get clean

Don't see it if you don't want to follow one man's redemptive story, however,​ this simple well-acted​ play really has heart

Also This is a dramatic story that is not complex. It has a very simple set... Read more Read less

Cliched, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you're very inspired by stories of sobriety, especially ones that don't deal with God/faith.

Don't see it if addiction stories aren't for you

Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate small theater productions, well acted about the issue of alcohol addiction and recovery

Don't see it if You are expecting novel revelations

Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you'd like to see one man's struggle with alcoholism that began in his college days

Don't see it if you don't want to witness an alcoholic's true-to-life depiction of successes and failures. Don't enjoy a few characters playing many parts

Also Well acted story of the life of an alcoholic, including the typical de... Read more Read less

Chipper tale

See it if A breezy enough comedy that wears out its welcome too early.

Don't see it if Incessant curse phrase by one character is too off putting to endure.

Also The cast has been with this show forever, so despite the heavy lifting... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Cliched, Clever

See it if you want to see at times emotional moving play with some very skilled actors and some clever dialogue.

Don't see it if you mind some broad clichés and some missteps in handling of certain topics, don't like a heavy narrative or interchanging of parts.

Also this seems to be part of a genre I need a name for where one person na... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if Interesting play about a man's addiction to alcohol. Very fast paced with two other actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. Another enjoyable experience at 59 e 59

Poignant, Could use an edit, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a well-written, superbly acted, poignant, little gem about alcoholism and sobriety

Don't see it if you don't like actors playing multiple characters, you don't like the topic (because there's not much relief from that)

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you really want to know what problems are faced by people who have drinking problems.This play definitely caught all the symptoms and the

Don't see it if If you want an elaborate set and you don't want to know about an alcoholic personality and what they actually go through.

Also denial of the problem as well.The storyteller caught the entire ups an... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love a wonderfully written and acted play! Relevant and Absorbing!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy great acting or anything to do with addiction/rehab!

Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a very well written play about addiction and losing it all.

Don't see it if You only like uplifting Broadway shows.

October 14th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "Day-Drunk and Careening Toward Rock Bottom: In Sean Daniels’s grim autobiographical comedy, a charming stage director tries, and tries again, to sober up."
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October 15th, 2019
"Tapper's energy and humor never flag as he guides us through Steven's years of drunken revelry followed by a long, soul-searing hangover. Even his darkest moments of bottoming out are handled with incisive wit -- and are all the more powerful for it."
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October 13th, 2019
3/5 Stars "'A Blithe Spirit Spins into Chronic Alcohol Abuse': Three actors make a cautionary saga of excessive drinking go down easily"
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October 21st, 2019
"...directed with an earnest finesse by Sheryl Kaller who sometimes has difficulty keeping her three different performers in character, in terms of whom they represent. If one has difficulty following the many tangents, Kaller has to be held principally responsible for that."
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