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

About the Show

William M. Hoffman's groundbreaking 1985 AIDS drama asks: what would you do if your best friend and lover fell ill, and the whole world felt like it was against you?

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See it if Some poignant moments (at the bar, hospital bed). The guy with AIDS and the doctor are the 2 standouts in the cast.

Don't see it if Very uneven cast, monologues slow down the play. Would have had far greater impact with faster pacing & a more talented cast.

Disappointing, Slow, Romantic, Classic

See it if you are interested in seeing a rarely performed piece of LGBT theater history.

Don't see it if you're looking for top-notch production values or any new insights into a classic.

Dated, Interesting, Noteworthy, Inconsistent

See it if you're curious about seeing one of the first plays to depict the AIDS pandemic. It's oft-forgotten & not performed very often.

Don't see it if you're looking for a profound take on the subject. It's dated & pales in comparison to The Normal Heart (which came out a few months later). Read more

Underwhelming, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want a play about the AIDS crisis that does not do the subject justice.

Don't see it if You are looking for an uplifting night at the theatre. Read more

Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

See it if are interested in the AIDS epidemic of the 80s

Don't see it if you like well written shows that give you an experience rather then factual information Read more

Dated, Resonant, Disappointing, Uneven

See it if you'd like to complete your knowledge of the most famous early AIDS plays.

Don't see it if you need a polished production. The cast was quite uneven with some overacting (given the tiny space)

Dated, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You like good acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for an uplifting story. I saw this show a number of years ago and it resonated with me. is just dated and does not

Critic Reviews (3)

On Stage Blog
February 4th, 2018

"What makes this play distinct is the way it focuses not so much on the broader, more political aspects of this time period. Rather, it hones in specifically on the more personal and intimate aspects of dealing with AIDS...The result is a very poignant story that, while taking place in 1985, could still potentially be relevant even today in 2018...Staged beautifully...Wonderfully cast, filled with actors who do a magnificent job at bringing the show to life."
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February 6th, 2018

"Focuses less on the ostracism and political fight for medical treatment than extraordinary love and friendship amid the crisis...A real strength of Regeneration's production is how it recreates the post-Stonewall world of quick pick-ups, ephemeral romance and gritty sex...Director Gualberto made this material fresh...In 'As Is' human dignity is a reality worthy of respect...I was greatly moved by the kindness and accuracy of this production."
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February 5th, 2018

"A play about love and friendship in crisis, which is something to which everyone can relate...Director Marcus Gualberto allows the actors to navigate the overlapping dialogue and the emotional landscape without overmuch fuss and fugue, guiding everyone gently toward the poignancy of the ending without veering into melodrama...Reminds the audience that situations are only addressed when they are identified, spoken about, and rallied around."
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