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Thao's Library

From 2 member  reviews
Members say: Profound, Indulgent, Intense, Thought-provoking, 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. More…

While grieving the loss of her younger sister, Elizabeth comes across a photograph of Thao, a young Vietnamese woman who suffered severe birth defects as a result of Agent Orange. Elizabeth is drawn to Thao's amazing spirit, and her quest to fill her rural library. She travels to rural Vietnam to meet Thao, and the two women forge an unlikely sisterhood, transcending language and culture. Van Meter's one-woman play is based on--and incorporates footage from--her documentary of the same name.

Member Reviews (2)


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

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.

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...
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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 succe...
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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 unfold...
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