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Unraveled

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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Joy Gallagher, a professor of philosophy and physics, comes to terms with the certain death of her mother. A play about time, space, memory…and the tangle of life. More…

Joy has spent her life pursuing ways to explain space and time. But her theories haven’t prepared her for a heart-rending reality: illness has transformed her glamorous, quick-witted mother, George, into a woman she doesn’t recognize….and who cannot recognize Joy. Struggling with the pressures of career, caregiving, and impending loss, Joy hires Anna, a hospice nurse, to help. But as George develops a unique bond with Anna, Joy feels her mother slipping even further away. When time and space start to work against her, can Joy keep everything from unraveling?


Member Reviews (83)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
79
Avg Score

64
Indulgent, Disappointing, Needs work, Uneven

See it if interesting storytelling though it needs work. Entertaining enough.

Don't see it if The main character is excruciating to watch. Stilted acting and no chemistry with any other actors. Even wardrobe​ for her was too severe.

68
Disappointing, Uneven, Has potential, Good story

See it if You are interested in stories about coping w/ aging parents or dementia.Quick 75min play. The woman playing the older mother was great!

Don't see it if The play has potential but the acting was very uneven. Someone is miscast and it unfortunately took away from the show.

70
Disappointing, Intelligent, Unmemorable, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see a smart but familiar story of a mother & daughter dealing with the strains of their relationship & end-of-life care.

Don't see it if you expect anything profound or original on the subject of shared memories, dementia, terminal illness, aging or familial relationships.

84
Absorbing, Relevant, Instructional, Great acting

See it if Watch, learn and plan for the day when memory loss happens to someone close. Good theatre can be educational for both parent and child.

Don't see it if You aren’t prepared to deal with an inevitable issue and realistically portrayed situations that may happen.

75
Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in plays about real life issues such as family, aging, and illness. Interesting portrayal of mother daughter relationship.

Don't see it if aging or dementia is too close to home for you and might trigger you, you are looking for a fun show.

70
Intense, Relevant, Too close to my daily life

See it if You live any of these people's lives and seek validation or you have no experience in death and dying and seek it.

Don't see it if Death, dying, displaced anger, and a magical thinking ending are not for you. You dont like overlapping dialogue and scenes.

Also I am basically Anna so this was resonant to me. The woman with me was ... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like plays which interweave past and present related stories and explore the psyche of well-developed characters.

Don't see it if You do not particularly enjoy stories about mother-daughter relationships and/or terminally ill characters affect you too much.

77
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if An interesting drama about aging and loss. Good acting and staging. A worthwhile play to see if you like a heart felt drama.

Don't see it if Do not see it if you only enjoy light dramas or musicals.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Moving, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play about a mother daughter relationship over time and how it affects the relationship once the mother gets sick.

Don't see it if You are interested in a light and fluffy performance. You don't like drama. You don't want to see a play that will pull at your Heartstrings

Also This cast was awesome!! The writing was great! They were so smooth in ... Read more Read less

69
Fine acting, Manipulative, Relevant, Unfilled potential, Good direction

See it if you are interested in plays about dementia, excellent acting and direction and good dialog.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that are emotionally manipulative, somewhat flawed presentation of the main character and are overly sentimental.

82
Smart writing, Mother/daughter relationship, Resonant

See it if you'd like a well-written drama about a mother/daughter relationship and the effects of illness on memory.

Don't see it if you've seen other shows dealing with the same subject. I thought I would be more touched, but only a few tears fell.

Also This was a well-written show, but I felt like I had seen it before. Do... Read more Read less

77
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in mother-daughter relationships and how age and infirmity can affect them

Don't see it if you prefer light, frivolous plays or musicals

82
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Clever

See it if You want to see a survivor take on loss and death and denial of a loved one getting sick. Watching her unravel was very well done.

Don't see it if Pieces with a happy ending suit you better. You are very involved with a loss of someone. It might make you cry.

68
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you are hoping to glean some life meaning from a depressing topic (alhzheimers/dementia) and the role it plays in familial relationships.

Don't see it if weak acting will ruin your experience, and if you don't like a commingling of flashbacks with present, as well as parallel acting scenes.

94
Great writing, Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well written play performed by a great cast. If you ever had someone you love having dementia this play is for you

Don't see it if you only like plays in typical chronological order or plays that deal with the difficult topic of dementia

100
Clever, Resonant, Profound, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like dramas about family relationships and stories of growth and development

Don't see it if topics such as death, and cancer upset you.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like finely-etched characters in believable situations; you have an interest in mother-daughter relationships; you enjoy feeling.

Don't see it if you need a great deal of onstage activity; family interaction bores you

75
Great acting, Enchanting

See it if "Unraveled" is a nice & well acted play about a mother in the state of dementia & a daughter who is awkward in dealing with life, in general

Don't see it if The play isn't original, but charming & with an emotional heft at the end without being necessarily forced while the cast is quite on point.

84
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy very human relatable dramas.

Don't see it if You are looking for uplifting.

70
Fragmented, Ambitious, Disappointing, Good attempt w/difficult subject matter, Human

See it if you're a fan of off-broadway productions that touch on real life subject matter.

Don't see it if you're strictly into big productions and happy-go-lucky story lines.

Also I was fully expecting to be riveted by this show, as well as emotional... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want a well acted play about a daughter losing her mother to dementia.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that jump back and forth in time.

76
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Good acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a good drama that is thought provoking and relevant as well as enjoy plays based upon mother daughter relationship.

Don't see it if Do not enjoy real life situations and prefer frivolous plays or musicals.

80
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting

See it if A beautiful story. Well directed and very well acted. Perfectly summed up in 80 minutes!

Don't see it if You dislike family themed dramas or are sensitive to death related issues.

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in seeing great actors act out a very relevant topic to many of us-our aging parents.

Don't see it if You only like up type productions.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like creative staging and writing of a family drama in a small intimate theater

Don't see it if you like linear plots or large scale productions; or do not want to experience how a daughter deals with the illness and death of her mother


September 9th, 2018
“’Unraveled’ left me snarled and it shouldn’t have. Despite my ignorance of physics, I am unfortunately familiar with ‘Unraveled’s’ subject and theme: the effect on family of late-in-life loss of selfhood...I was indifferent to most of the characters — Joy, George the Younger, and Joy’s swain Mic...
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September 17th, 2018
"Generally uninvolving….Adds little to the growing genre…Well-worn tale of a grown child coming to grips with a parent's decline makes a frail attempt at offering something new by having the child…serve up some didactic mumbo jumbo...Focus on the fluidity of time inspires the structural approach ...
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