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From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing, Relevant, Intense

About the show

Theater for the New City presents this world premiere drama, a fable set in an American recovery community. The play explores the experience of addiction from the perspective of two generations.  More…

"Recovery" is a drama of three young women, all lost in the pain of addiction, and their mothers. They meet at a place called The Mountain Rehab, where all six women must confront their problems, and are influenced and guided by two competing characters who battle for their souls: Reverend Stephanie Jackson, the spiritual director of the institution who is also a recovering alcoholic, and a Demon who embodies all temptation. 

Member Reviews (14)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing, Relevant, Intense
Avg Score

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky, Profound

See it if you if are open to the difficulties of addiction and the various outcomes for the individual and others. A mostly good cast reveals a lot.

Don't see it if if you are pained by watching others addiction and mistreatment - or put off by a bit preachy role for the facility director/reverend.

Ensemble acting, Educational, Informative for families and friends

See it if Hope for recovery at end of addiction, detox, rehab, program, meetings, relapse, rehab again, more meetings. Also for codependent family.

Don't see it if You expect to be fully informed about recovery. There is no substitute for committing to a program and sticking with it.

Can be painful & too real for some, Thought-provoking / moving, Good set for new city / clever staging, Some good performances, Informative / relevant / intense

See it if you want a glimpse @ how teen-addiction affects families, how 1 adult battles w/recovery, & another comes to grips w/her own addiction.

Don't see it if you want clear-cut reasons, answers, & absolute cure(s) to all addictions, resolved in a 100min drama. It's informative, not miraculous.

Also It doesn't tap-dance around the issue...... Read more Read less

Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see an extremely moving play that really focused on the pain and suffering of addiction. Timely for now!!!

Don't see it if You want to see a happy play. This will dig deep into your emotions

Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Very good directing, Educational

See it if you wonder about addiction or recovery; if you're curious why some addicts are in & out of rehab; if you have a teen who's acting suspicious

Don't see it if you don't like sad plays or a drama about drug-taking, denials, and teens ruining their lives with heroin, pills, etc. Painful situations!

Also Brian Childers, who has portrayed Danny Kaye & Fanny Brice's husband o... Read more Read less


See it if You are interested in addiction.

Don't see it if You want to see a better story with more developed characters, more details, drama ,regarding recovery.It was OK but it could be better.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in women, their daughters and the problems of addiction and recovery

Don't see it if You want a light comedy or musical

Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you want to see virtuosic performances by talented young actors.

Don't see it if you have been personally affected by serious mental illness. This play really romanticizes the painful and protracted process of recovery.

Absorbing, Excruciating, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if A family member or friend or if you yourself are suffering from addiction. The show takes place at a drug rehab center

Don't see it if You are not open to getting angry about the state of addiction in our country. The acting is quite poor- but the show is well written

Disappointing, Great acting, The cast was much better than the writing

See it if It could be good for people who know little about the disease of addiction/alcoholism and recovery

Don't see it if Writing was heavy handed and lacked subtlety or nuance. Exhausting to sit through. Couldn't bring myself to stay for act 2

The 3 young girls' acting was not bad but the show was very cliched and too simple, Not worth seeing, Disappointing

See it if Don't

Don't see it if You do not want to be treated like a 3rd grader


See it if You or someone you know has been affected by addiction.

Don't see it if You’re close minded.

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want something that is fresh, powerful, and relatable. This show not only entertains, it informs. It really makes you think. Great cast!

Don't see it if you are just looking for a good laugh.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a very informative and heartbreaking show about the power of addiction. Great acting and a powerful script.

Don't see it if You are too sensitive for material that is tough to swallow.

Also The cast is terrific! Strong performances from all involved.

“Recovery” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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