Already closed | 1h 30m | Harlem

Dead and Breathing

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Members say: Profound, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

About the show

National Black Theatre presents the New York premiere of Chisa Hutchinson's play about an old broad who wants to die and the nurse who refuses to help. More…

Cranky old broad, Carolyn Whitlock, has been in hospice for far too long and just wants to die already. When she tries to convince a loud, oversharing, and very Christian nurse to assist her suicide, she has to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to end it. Through surprising humor and persistent questioning,'Dead & Breathing' investigates morality, mortality and the intense tug-of-war between the right to die with dignity and the idea of life as a gift.

1h 30m | Already closed | National Black Theatre (Harlem)

Member Reviews (1)


Profound, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you're a realist who enjoys real life portrayals over fairy tales.

Don't see it if You're more entertained by popular culture and the youth.

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November 9th, 2015
"This two-hander is a series of ethical skirmishes, but not only about the right to die. Privilege faces off against want, Christianity against nonbelief, and it all feels very engineered. By the time Ms. Hutchinson introduces a debate over transgender issues, she has long since passed the point ...
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November 4th, 2015
"As long as Carolyn and Veronika are tussling about assisted suicide, 'Dead and Breathing' retains a crackle all its own, but the talented playwright, Chisa Hutchinson, throws a curveball at the halfway point... It's at this point that 'Dead and Breathing' loses much of its snap and goes into ful...
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November 9th, 2015
"Although the moment of revelation is powerful and although it raises the dramatic tension even more between the two characters, it seems out of tone within the context of the play. The humor, and here is the only moment where I questioned the taste, is the way used to bring us back into the tug-...
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November 2nd, 2015
"'Dead and Breathing' might have been bearable with even tolerable acting and direction. But these actors keep up such a steady flow of one is totally exhausted just watching them. There’s very little believable in this play, so when the ending comes as another unlikely twist, it should not be ve...
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