Fuzzy unraveled
New York | 1h 30m | Already closed


From 2 critic and 83 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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?

Theater Pizzazz

“’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 Michael— but I found Ladonna Burns the hospice caregiver and Susanna Hay as Old George very moving in roles that were well written.” Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"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 of simultaneously depicting Joy and her mother…across two time zones…Performances go from the high quality of Burns and Hay...to less inspired work." Full Review

Clever, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Moving

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

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

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

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

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy dramas dealing w/mother-daughter relationships & end-of-life issues that evoke tears & often laughter! It can cleanse your soul!

Don't see it if you only like fluffy plays that don't deal with real life or don't want to feel real emotions of sadness & loss!!

Also An extremely well-written, well-acted, well-paced play that moves seam... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy work by women, about women, and with a female creative team. Have an interest in time, memory, or like dramas.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play where you are constantly laughing, you are sensitive to plays about old age, you don't like drama.

Also As a side note, I'm friends with the assistant director.

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

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You like a poignant story of dealing with a parent's declining mental faculties. Good acting and so tragic and sad but we all go through it

Don't see it if Don't want to deal with sad stories.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Instructional

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.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy very human relatable dramas.

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

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You have experienced the loss of a loved one through Altzheimers or dementia. If you want to see excellent acting.

Don't see it if You are triggered or bummed out by the reality that is aging and disease.If you want light frothy comedy, this is not it.

Also I have a pretty hard shell and I was moved by this. I loved the time h... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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.

Resonant, Smart writing, Mother/daughter relationship

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


See it if A good character study of a mother/daughter relationship .... switching back and forth in time.

Don't see it if If you desire a continuous story, this is not for you. Rapid switching in time. Also, if dementia is a personal pain, can be emotional.

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Touching

See it if You want to see a show about a mother daughter relationship, a story about love and loss, a play about dealing with an aging parent

Don't see it if You want something light, want a big production

Also This was an overall good play, a bit of a tear jerker (for me anyway) ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Very touching play that felt very close to my heart. The story is sad . Beautifully expressed.

Don't see it if Fancy staging, singing, don't like issues like cancer, hospice, dementia.

Clever, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Good job of the emotions of an adult child trying to come to terms with an aging parent with sudden issues. Enough light moments to keep it

Don't see it if Don’t want to see a show about dealing with aging parent issues & mortality. Don’t like shows that move in time.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

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.

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

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.

Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if Perfectly highlighted that that we are all only here temporarily & must LIVE (as opposed to simply existing).

Don't see it if You can't admit that in order to have a peaceful death, we must cultivate peace in our mind, and in our way of life.

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