Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

About the show

This drama examines the patchwork families which were formed during the AIDS crisis, when friends and co-workers became brothers and mothers, stepping into the holes that their family members left.

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When Joan meets John, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them. Seeing he's alone, she invites him into her home. John has been abandoned by his partner and family--in addition to finding solace in Joan--he forms friendships with her daughter and Tom, the janitor at the hospital, as he races to finish a masterpiece and to heal the broken pieces of his heart before he dies.


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90
On Stage Blog

"The play tells a story of death, friendship, and coping with life and with loss, as it hones in on its characters in a very human and in-depth manner, as the plot rotates from character to character, weaving together and ultimately building toward a powerful climax...Wonderfully directed...While it takes some time for the story to build up, the last few scenes of the play are among the most powerful I've seen in recent productions." Full Review

75
Culture Catch

"The production, whose deliberate pacing, scope, and construction make for a Hamlet-length evening, boasts some fun period details...Some of the most emotional parts are the broader, non-character-specific reminders of how horribly people with AIDS were treated during the 80s, but the cast brings an intimate specificity to the individuals impacted...There is a certain kindness...Even characters who are on the wrong side of things don't come across as malicious." Full Review

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90
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You are interested in very good productions, this one set in the dawn of the age of AIDS, that's closely observed and truthful.

Don't see it if you can't bear to see the start of a plague that took millions.

72
Supporting each other with kindness, Creating a family of choice, The early days of the aids crisis, Choose to remember

See it if You’d like to learn about or recall the 1980s when our friends were dying and we didn’t know why. Too many deaths and funeral fatigue.

Don't see it if You are under 40 and don’t remember... Oh wait, maybe you should.

83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are too young to remember the confusing, tragic, early days of HIV when it was called the “gay cancer”.

Don't see it if it’s just too sad to go back to those heartbreaking days; the confusion, the anger, the fear, the homophobia.

Also This play is a must-see. Well acted, written and directed. It was touc... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Slow

See it if You're interested in a play that examines the early days of the AIDS crisis from a number of different angles.

Don't see it if You dislike depressing shows. There's some wonderful, unexpected humor, but it's still a 3-hour play about a very serious topic.

Also I thought this was a great play with great acting but terrible directi... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if If you want to see a very human story of person to person caring during a time when people acted our of fear and were mostly ignoring people

Don't see it if Another play about AIDS is not your thing.

Also The writing is just beautiful - it is an important and deeply human st... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if you want a though provoking evening. It's beautifully written play that will stay with you. An inspiring evening with an amazing cast!

Don't see it if you want a light evening that doesn't tackle hard issues.

Also One of the best plays I've seen in a long time!

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

See it if you are interested in the history of the AIDS crisis, and want a different view - the very early days in a small town.

Don't see it if you can't sit through long shows, illness and death upset you greatly.

Also This is a really promising show with an extremely well-written script ... Read more Read less

73
The aids crisis revisited.

See it if you believe an earnest drama about the early days of the AIDS epidemic must be seen, even today, if only to help us remember.

Don't see it if you think a play about the "gay cancer"--leavened only slightly by moments of unexpected comedy--might be too depressing.

Also "Masterpiece" takes us on two journeys: the one undertaken by the self... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You are interested in the AIDS crisis from a different point of view.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas where people die.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You enjoy great acting and writing.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays.

97
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy great acting! Wonderful grounded performances. The lead actress is fantastic and the actor who plays the janitor is HYSTERICAL.

Don't see it if It is longer than it should be by 30 to 40 minutes due to all the moving around of the set pieces which is unfortunate.

81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like well developed stories that reflect on the human condition

Don't see it if you don't like long plays

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if ...you'd like a good cry.

Don't see it if ...you take offense to unconditional human kindness.


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