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?
'As Is' highlights the often forgotten heroes of the American healthcare system: the friends and families of the sick, and the workers who keep it going against unimaginable odds. It offers an earnest exploration of the fear, rejection, and acceptance that New York men and women faced in the early stages of the AIDS crisis.
"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."
"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."
"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."