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?
“’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
"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
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
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
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
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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