Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Moral Support

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Relevant, Absorbing, Confusing, Ambitious

About the show

This naturalistic, family drama, autobiographical in detail, mixes elements of poetry and surrealism with a very real portrait of a troubled family and the demands of love.  More…

Mary is divorced, estranged from her family and suffering with cancer. Her son Mike visits her during spring break. She asks him for concrete actions of moral support. Mike’s father and aunt caution him not to get involved. Old wounds re-open, and the bonds of family and love are rigorously tested.

2h 0m | Already closed | Medicine Show Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (13)


Slow, Relevant, Absorbing, Confusing, Ambitious
Avg Score

Banal, Indulgent, Slow, Excruciating

See it if If you want to see a show about dysfunctional families.

Don't see it if Needs a lot of work. A 51 was generous. Plot and story are not good. Acting so so.

Suffocating, Boozy, Undramatic, Talky, Drab

See it if you collect stories about desperately, destructively unhappy families.

Don't see it if you like your dramas dramatic: This one is all talk, & that talk is about hurt that occurred years ago.

Also I rarely score any show below 60. I feel that avid theatergoers can le... Read more Read less

Banal, Insipid, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to support the cast - some good moments, but not enough to carry this play.

Don't see it if you want a good drama on family troubles and how they are resolved. This play meanders with uneasy scene changes and too many monologues.

Family biography, Series of monologues, Memory play

See it if Post mortem of a dysfunctional family delivered by various family members in self-justifying monologues.

Don't see it if When stressed, a dysfunctional family becomes more dysfunctional.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disjointed

See it if You are intetested in stories about dysfunctional families, addictions and abuse and you do not mind somewhat disjointed storylines.

Don't see it if You prefer well crafted plots and carefully developed characters or are sensitive to topics of abuse, addiction or dysfunctional families.

Disappointing, Insipid, Lacks direction

See it if if you want to see how abusers use guilt and love to victimize.

Don't see it if you want to know something that you didn't know walking into the theatre. It you want some redemption for the victim.

Also The story of completely dysfunctional family and the child who cannot ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play about family dysfunction and how it can come back to bite you. You don't mind simple staging and family drama.

Don't see it if You are not interested in hearing about family problems. You don't like small theater productions.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You're into very slow, very depressing drama

Don't see it if You want a feel good experience

Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you like explorations of family trauma, non-traditionally structured plays, prose like dialogue. Mixing of structures.

Don't see it if You mind stilted and unrealistic almost narrative dialogue. A plot that seems to get lost by author doesn't seem to know how to finish.

Also Very minor possible spoiler alert:... Read more Read less

Banal, Confusing

See it if you like dark comedies

Don't see it if you like happy themes


See it if This show had sone good moments mostly closer to the end,

Don't see it if The show is a bit meandering and gets tedious at times

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you like experimental theater (a mix of dialogue, poetry & monologue; realism & surrealism) and relevant, heart-wrenching subject matter.

Don't see it if heart-wrenching subject matter isn't your thing.

Also Wow! It takes awhile to absorb the heavy subject matter of this play. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Resonant, Excruciating, Relevant

See it if you're interested in confessional, poetic theater showing keen psychological insight into the dynamics of a deeply dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if you don't have the stomach for the excruciating emotional pain family members can put each other through.

Also Tolstoy famously said, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy fa... Read more Read less

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