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Thao's Library
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Thao's Library NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Indulgent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting

About the Show

All for One Theater presents documentarian Elizabeth Van Meter's autobiographical solo show about how we make meaning from loss.

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Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense, Original

See it if you want to witness something astonishing and raise your hope about human kindness, the power of love and forgiveness.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that make you laugh and cry

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if you want to watch the cathartic experience of a woman over the loss of her sister.

Don't see it if you want to see theater. Admirably done, this is a solo performance that doesn't resonate the way one would expect.

Critic Reviews (7)

April 29th, 2016

"Elizabeth Van Meter’s play, 'Thao’s Library', covers much ground...Van Meter has strength, poise, and complete understanding on her side...Comfortable on stage, Elizabeth Van Meter believes in distilling the facts, and remembering the emotion in the struggle...Though Van Meter is the only person on stage, this multi-media play provided the opportunity for Van Meter to work with an empowering team."
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April 28th, 2016

“A skillful storyteller using both humor and pathos, Elizabeth is able to fully immerse the audience in her tale. ‘Thao’s Library’ is a gut-wrenching theatrical experience where the tears will flow, but it is also truly uplifting and inspiring. Make sure to see ‘Thao’s Library’ and bring tissues.”
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April 28th, 2016

"'Thao’s Library is a sweet story that is destined to tug at your heart...Having knowledge of the source documentary likely helps the stage play, but for those unaware, Van Meter layers in some photos and video. You are almost emotionally ambushed through the use of multimedia. This play is successful due to it. Without it, this story may not have resonated the way it did...Whether you connect with Elizabeth Van Meter or not, you’ll leave the theater eager to learn more about Thao."
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April 28th, 2016

"Heartfelt, moving, tragic and uplifting all at once. One of the best plays of the season, Elizabeth Van Meter’s brilliant multimedia performance titled 'Thao's Library' is all of that and more...Nothing can truly prepare you for the emotionally charged—and often humorously told—story that unfolds in the play. Elizabeth Van Meter is incredibly personable and likable on stage...Overall, this is an incredibly moving and powerful piece of live theater."
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September 12th, 2013
For a previous production

"'Thao's Library' is a true story that genuinely touches the heart...This is a powerful story that changed both of their lives for the better, and it's receiving a wonderful production...Director Joe Ricci utilizes photos and video to illustrate Van Meter's tale and bring this story to life. It's a fascinating combination that never loses focus and acts to draw our attention to the plight of these people."
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September 29th, 2012
For a previous production

"As touching as it is brief...This work was truly simple and yet extraordinarily beautiful....The story was told with such raw power by Van Meter...That power translated into a kind of energy that propelled the piece along and she knew just when to let a particularly striking image or phrase hang in the air...It’s an emotional journey, yes, but you’ll leave the theater with the beautiful image of Thao’s smile forever shining in your memory. "
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September 10th, 2013
For a previous production

"Van Meter is an engaging storyteller and sets the framework for her tale with humor and a breezy style...While it’s a heartfelt story with an uplifting message, somehow Van Meter’s presentation leaves too much of a 'look at what I did' impression, with more focus on her than one might expect. Her instincts are admirable and the results of Thao’s new library are delightful, but a humbler approach might work better in telling this inspirational tale."
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