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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

During previews
67
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

During previews
70
3 actors play multiple parts, Dramatic snipits, Direct look at alcoholism

See it if You'd like to see Joe Tapper do a 1st rate job, taking on the emotional roller coaster ride of an alcoholic Mormon kid who's cured by Jews.

Don't see it if you'd dislike yet another look at addiction, albeit one with good acting and solid points.

Also Not really clear why the story imports Jews or why the Jews bring scie... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Fast-paced, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well-acted play that moves at a lightning quick pace.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play that's a little more story driven - it tells the story of a life but doesn't have a plot drive aside from that.

During previews
78
Hilarious, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if getting sober is a bitch...but these 3 talented actors find the humor in it...something for everyone here...

Don't see it if addiction or sobriety is something you don't want to see playing out on stage.

During previews
74
At times funny, at times touching

See it if You are interested in a non traditional structured play dealing with alcoholism.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays where characters break the fourth wall.

Also The 3 actors are great, especially the two playing multiple characters... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if U want to see a well written/acted play about addiction; while trying to keep a normal life, refusing help first but then hits rock bottom

Don't see it if If alcoholism,fault language bothers you. Family dynamics reaches new heights when the protagonist fails to attend gatherings due to addicti

During previews
75
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like a comedy/drama about a person conquering his alcoholic addiction that is written with humor but still treats its subject seriously.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare and don’t wish to see a play about addiction,

Also The play held my interest from beginning to end, first with laughter a... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Clever, Thought-provoking, Touching, Funny, Great acting

See it if you'd like a funny and touching personal story of a man's relationship with alcohol - and his eventual determination to be sober.

Don't see it if there isn't much downside to this play. It gets a little preachy at the very end, but otherwise it's solid on all fronts.

During previews
78
Great acting, Clever, Relevant

See it if You are interested in following the evolution of 1 mans alcoholism from 1st drink, to hitting rock bottom, to multiple rehabs and relapses.

Don't see it if You don’t like alcoholism or religion treated with some humor. Play is not funny but some humorous lines.

Also This is a solid play and really worth seeing. Acting is very good, esp... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy relevant social and personal issue plays, humorous take on addiction, enjoy great acting.

Don't see it if it would be hard to sit through a 90min play with no intermission (it gets slow at times) and the stories of addiction lost their novelty to

Also you. The humor is there but is laced with bitterness and is not as out... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Intense, Epic, Entertaining, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you're up for experiencing one man's epic journey with addiction, told both humorously yet seriously.

Don't see it if you need a break from serious plays. This topic is rough, but the journey is both interesting and entertaining.

Also if you've ever been frustrated with someone's addiction and wondered "... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if What a true life story about the alcoholic addiction. A well-acted Tapper and two supporting actors, & well-earned understanding n respect.

Don't see it if Talking about alcohol addiction upset you.

During previews
71
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Dizzying

See it if You can handle seeing a man's road to recovery from alcohol with humor. Face paced but slow at times, multiple characters played by 2 chara.

Don't see it if If you might be triggered by alcoholism

During previews
90
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like great acting, relevant subjects, and an entertaining way to deal with a painful subject.

Don't see it if you do not care to witness a person's emotional pain, even if presented with a touch of humor.

During previews
73
Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a small new play that deals with addiction in funny and interesting way.

Don't see it if You want a straight narrative play.

Also It very cleverly staged and performed.

During previews
90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a thoughtful brilliantly acted play about a successful director’s slide into alcoholism and his eventual recovery

Don't see it if Uncomfortable hearing about alcoholism or one character’s decline from Parkinson’s

During previews
75
Enjoyable, Well-written, Funny

See it if you enjoy a well-told, well-acted alcoholic war story

Don't see it if you are tired of the undeniable fact that everyone in show biz who's been to a rehab eventually thinks, "Hey - this is COMIC MATERIAL!"

Also Very good staging and sound effects; three actors do a lot with a litt... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if ...you don't mind seeing the humor in difficult situations dealing with addiction.

Don't see it if ...you can't deal with subjects having to do with alcohol addicts.

During previews
20
Self absorbed, Slow, Insipid, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You want navel gazing from a non playwright working through his 'issues'

Don't see it if You've seen O'Neill or many playwrights who have something actually to say and share about self abuse.

During previews
100
Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a play about recovery, engagingly done.

Don't see it if you don’t want to see a play about recovery, no matter how engagingly done.

Also I’ve been seeing a lot of plays that I’ve been finding untruthful late... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Resonant, Dizzying, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you know anyone or are someone living with addiction. It's a very human (and funny) look at a downward spiral.

Don't see it if you have no desire to laugh at human foibles.


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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