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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining
80
Avg Score

67
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

72
Great acting

See it if A unique play about alcoholism is interesting to you.

Don't see it if A play about addiction is not something that interests you.

Also The actors are great and sell the material. The play feels like a solo... Read more Read less

65
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

83
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in the life of an alcoholic; interested in a well-done show with minimal set and actors playing multiple characters

Don't see it if you don't like the subject matter; need more of a story/plot

61
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.

79
Moving, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an entertaining and funny play , but which concerns a serious subject, the impact of which is not diminished by the humor.

Don't see it if you feel humor and serious subjects are not the right mixture for your tastes.

Also Just to add, the acting was wonderful and the ensemble worked quite we... Read more Read less

74
Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if A story about an alcoholism . A guy who lost everything he had due to Alcohol and regained all back. Good acting , fast with smart changes

Don't see it if If you are looking to see big play with many actors, or musical

82
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant interplay between 2 great actors with absorbing script and tragic, unpredictable ending.

Don't see it if You're bored by simple set,, no action, pure dialogue.

95
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Funny, Absorbing

See it if It is a wonderful play of self discovering for an alcoholic who denies that he has a problem. It is not preachy but thought provoking.

Don't see it if If you get depressed over topic of addiction.

90
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Go! A bold / daring script with a production that pulls it off.

Don't see it if Can't think of anything.

Also A coming of age story about one man's struggle with alcoholism that is... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like fast paced autobiographical stories

Don't see it if Themes of addiction and religion upset you

75
Great acting, Cliched, Dated, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if good insight about alcoholism, excellent acting

Don't see it if just never got past cliche on the subject

88
Funny, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like funny but true-to-life stories, stories about relatiomships, masterful characterization

Don't see it if mature content or stories about addiction/alcoholism bother you

Also Staging was very good, props were uesd well and didn't distract... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A persuasive look into a self-deluding alcoholic as he descends. Monologue w/scenes + 2 actors as needed. Engaging, funny & well-acted.

Don't see it if You are triggered by or not interested in alcoholism or addiction.

98
Different, Heartbreaking, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want a rollicking good time in the theatre--that helps you understand addiction in an entertaining and ultimately moving way.

Don't see it if you are one of the few people left who is offended by a few four letter words.

Also While most plays and movies about addiction are depressing cautionary ... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a great performance of someone going lower than you think anyone can go but with humor. great acting

Don't see it if you don't want to see someone unsuccessfully battling his demons and addictions, you want something lighter

Also great acting and great writing. although there have been many plays ab... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if U are interested in recovery from addiction. This show presented a new concept in terms of the approach to recovery in regards to spirituali

Don't see it if Are not interested in addiction recovery.

During previews
93
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if Big drinking lapsed gay Mormon wants to fool himself/others, but secretly yearns for the lights to come on."I've lost 3yrs on my vodka diet"

Don't see it if One-Day-At-a-Timers might not relish waiting for rock bottom or appreciate the specious ninety-day cure to scientific salvation alternative

Also "Who's afraid of Virgina Woolf?--My liver" White chips are given to an... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want a funny story about one man's addiction. Well acted, interesting story.

Don't see it if You want a story that is engaging all the way through. A little self indulgent.

During previews
85
Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you have interest in the subject of addiction and want to see it from the perspective of the addict

Don't see it if you are or have been an addict and this play might trigger you; you aren't interested in alternative views on addiction and its treatment

Also this play treated the subject of alcoholism with understanding and hum... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Funny, touching look at an alcoholic's road to recovery

See it if Joe Tapper plays an alcoholic theater professional whose rising career is at the mercy of the bottle. Well written, acted and directed.

Don't see it if A roller-coaster ride of drinking and attempts at sobriety. Two other actors play his parents, girlfriends, co-workers, and counselors.

During previews
79
Indulgent, Ambitious, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if for Joe Tapper's terrific performance.The other 2 actors play too many roles which are either just OK or poorly performed.

Don't see it if you are offended by laughing at stereotypes or the seriousness of alcoholism.

Also The ending of the play is bad. SPOILER ALERT: Bad impersonations of Je... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Good writing, Thought-provoking, Extraordinary sound design, Great direction, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great production of show that shows the pitfalls of addiction while maintain a sense of humor

Don't see it if you want great writing(I think the production falsely "enhances" the writing). An author's invoking ethnic stereotypes is too upsetting.

Also My score is based on this particular production. I'm not sure that thi... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Great writing, Resonant, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This play chronicles the life of a man who is an alcoholic from childhood throughout his adult life. A well-written script with great actors

Don't see it if You feel uneasy about the topic of alcoholism, this is not your play.

During previews
73
Quirky, Clever, Indulgent, Funny

See it if you'll enjoy an interesting take on one person's struggle w/ alcohol & search for sobriety.There are a lot of funny moments in the play.

Don't see it if you're religious. This skewers LDS (Mormons) & Christians & personally I didn't find the "comic" Jews part of this particularly funny.


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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