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Dot (Billie Holiday Theatre)

From 2 critic and 24 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

Colman Domingo's dramedy grapples with aging parents, midlife crises, and the strength of family. More…

"Dot" takes a lighthearted look at an illness facing all communities. Widowed matriarch Dotty struggles to hold onto her memory - a result of her Alzheimer's disease - and her children must fight to balance care for their mother with care for themselves.



85
ArtsATL.com

for a previous production “Domingo has crafted a touching and hilarious script, bringing a light and airy sense of humor to a tragic disease...A strong ensemble and one of Leon’s most even productions to date...Burse delivers a beautifully complex performance...Domingo manages to unmask the way Alzheimer’s patients relive past traumas while also forming uncouth and irreverent one-liners. For this...production, as the cast finds their rhythm, this show, unlike Dotty’s memory, will only get better with time.” Full Review

85
AJC

for a previous production “Theater may be a collaborative process, but...’Dot’ is singularly elevated by the magnificent performance of Burse as the title character...Burse runs the gamut with fierce conviction and sublime nuance...from capturing the comedic highs to conveying the dramatic lows...She transitions from sharp, wisecracking lucidity to stark, heart-rending disorientation...It’s a master class in dynamic acting...Burse speaks a certain human truth to a considerably higher power.” Full Review


100
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you really want to see a funny, bittersweet and beautiful story about a family dealing with dementia, love, family and the holidays.

Don't see it if you don't like curse words and superb storytelling.

98
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Relevant

See it if You’d like to see a family drama revolves around an aging mother wt Alzheimers and dementia. Amazing cast Brillant acting, great writing.

Don't see it if You do not want to travel to Brooklyn for a show, not interested in family drama dealing with ilness, bothered with gay couple.

Also This theater always bring their ace game on stage and they did not dis... Read more Read less

96
Funniest, smartest, realest first act but

See it if you like sparkling, LOL real dialog, great award-winning performances, and believable characters. I absolutely loved the first act

Don't see it if It you don't like plays that don't get completely resolved in the second act, which also needs to be cut and condensed.

95
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if If you really want to know how dementia affects a family.You experience the mood swings as well as the "normal"periods.The actors had a lot

Don't see it if If you don't want to know about the realities of dementia and mental illness.

Also on their plates as well as they all had their own situations as most f... Read more Read less

91
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if Great humor and conviction. Serious subject handled brilliantly with fabulous performance.

Don't see it if Quirky humor and specific ailments trouble you. Otherwise a must see.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy when humor is used to provoke thoughts about a serious matter such as Alzheimer.

Don't see it if you don't like when humor is intertwined into real life situations: such as dealing with someone with Alzheimer or seeing what it feels to

Also live with Alzheimer.

90
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to enjoy a fine cast dealing with our everyday problems: dementia, unwed pregnancy, gay life, substance abuse, done w/love & humor.

Don't see it if you want something light - there is humor here, but the problems will make you think and expose you to the difficulties dealing with them.

88
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy watching a serious subject presented with compassion and humor.

Don't see it if You are looking for lite entertainment.

87
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a wonderful play about a family dealing with alzheimers disease.

Don't see it if you'd rather not see a play about a mother with dementia and her children realizing that they have to deal with the problem.

86
Funny, Touching, Humane, Well played

See it if you'd like to see a well played comic drama that deals with dementia, a more & more common problem that hits whole families.

Don't see it if you are looking for innovative theater, or are unwilling to forgive a script for a few plot holes.

Also This is one of those times I’m surprised at how much I liked a play. I... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Insightful, Entertaining, Touching, Superb acting/directing

See it if you like plays about realistic families dealing with alzheimers, characters one can identify with, wonderful acting and superber direction.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that deal with sadness (disease) rather than focusing on pure entertainment.

84
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are fine with a lot of issues crammed into one show, staged and performed very well; you are intrigued by a family in crisis.

Don't see it if you find it slow when too many side stories detract from an otherwise strong work and take away from the impact of the title character.

84
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great lead and supporting actors, Alzheimer’s: sad, funny, & terrifying, Smart and witty dialogue

See it if Adult children try to step up and find solution for cognitively impaired mother who can no longer live alone.

Don't see it if You’re not ready for a play about dementia. A train ride to Brooklyn is too far. Play runs a little long.

83
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Moving

See it if you relate to a complicated family, how they respond to or vanish in crises, push each other's buttons, but eventually come through.

Don't see it if you are too fresh to experiencing your parent's dementia.

Also I very much enjoyed this story. It was full of humor but still tugged ... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if Terrific show in a great theatre - well worth the long subway ride. Burse was spot-on. Heart-rending and powerful script.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a family drama focused on dementia & including gay issues & single motherhood, or aren't willing to travel to Bklyn

82
Timely, relevant, well-staged, well-acted

See it if you'd appreciate an approach to dementia that has humor.

Don't see it if you've overdosed on plays, movies, & TV shows about dementia.

Also The characters are well-drawn, & the playwright does a notable job of ... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a touching show that's funny. The lead actress was enjoyable - and worked the material well.

Don't see it if the topic of Alzheimer's is upsetting to you.

75
Thought-provoking, Good acting, Good staging

See it if You are interested in a realistic dramedy dealing with the subject of Alzheimer's.

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity, or are not interested or unable to deal with the topic of Alzheimer's.

70
Relevant, Slow, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You’d like to see a well-acted play about a relevant topic (elderly care), with occasional comic relief

Don't see it if You’re expecting nuanced treatment of an old topic or novel insights on the subject-matter; story telling is straightforward & linear

54
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Good acting, great timing engaging study of matriarch's Alzheimer's effect on her family appeal to you.

Don't see it if Shallow characters and low broad humor are not your thing.

Also You may wonder why I gave a low score. The overwhelmingly African-Amer... Read more Read less

42
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You have low self esteem

Don't see it if you refuse to accept racial discrimination and epithets.

27
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you don't mind listening to repeated profanity-laced language and usage of the offensive N-Word, which dehumanizes individuals

Don't see it if you have a high tolerance for politically incorrect language which dehumanizes individuals.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if They hit on two sensitive subjects dementia and gay men. They did an excellent job in handling it. Even with a little humor.

Don't see it if If you cant handle th two topics then dont see ut unless you can go in with an open mind.

95
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if I truly enjoy this show. Dealing with aging is not easy & adding the input from other family members on everyone's opinions can start a war

Don't see it if you do not have a sense of humor.


Cast & Creatives (10)