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The White Chip
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The White Chip NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(71 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
10%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

About the Show

Arizona Theater Company presents a dry comedy about drying out.

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Member Reviews (71)

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75
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.

85
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.

Critic Reviews (7)

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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October 21st, 2019

"A Theasy Best Bet…While recovery narratives may be a familiar terrain, The White Chip stands out due to Daniels' preference for honesty and nuance over preachiness and sentimentality…and Oliver in particular shows great range and a knack for comedy."
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October 14th, 2019

"An inventively presented, inspirational, temperance dramedy…While it has moments both funny and touching, it’s hard not to see it as something that might more appropriately be produced regularly at AA meetings…A nagging question is the degree to which ‘The White Chip’ is autobiographical."
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October 13th, 2019

"As Daniels's play turns darker…Tapper pulls the audience along with each setback. Steven becomes an engaging and sympathetic guide to his own disease, and that 'The White Chip' ultimately overcomes its familiar subject matter."
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