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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

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

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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.

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

Great acting

See it if You wanna watch great performers clip through a decent play

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows

Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Powerfull acting

Don't see it if Slow, weak story. Alcoholic trying to reform with many issues, acters take on too many roles, bare stage productions

Quirky, Insipid, Indulgent, Fluffy, Didactic

See it if you are interested in AA story, for whatever reason. It's not very well told though

Don't see it if you are allergic to didactic narrative and cartoonish characters.

During previews
Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well-acted story about one man's alcohol addiction.

Don't see it if you want more depth and action. This is a man describing decades of his life where you're told what happened rather than seeing it acted out

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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