The Healing
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The Healing
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The Healing NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(45 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
11%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing

About the Show

Theater Breaking Through Barriers presents the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's drama about a group of childhood friends who reunite when one of their pals passes away.

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75
Thought-provoking, Touching, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Well acted relatable stories. Powerful treatment of people with disabilities and religious (fundamentalist) themes.

Don't see it if you can't handle actors with real disabilities. Smallish production.

74
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Well acted

See it if You're interested in shows that explore themes surrounding life, death, spirituality, forgiveness. Well performed by talented actors.

Don't see it if It's slow at times and some things go unresolved.

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
June 22nd, 2016

"A moving, beautifully acted new drama…Mr. Hunter writes with lively humor and grace, depicting the awkwardness and grief that hover in the air among Zoe’s friends…All of the characters with disabilities are drawn with layered naturalness; you quickly forget that they face challenges most people do not as their exchanges focus on issues that affect everyone…Although its temperature remains fairly sedate, 'The Healing' rises to a quiet emotional climax."
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Time Out New York
June 22nd, 2016

"A thoughtful and affecting new drama...The actors perform with tremendous ease in their complicated bodies…There is humor in the play, notably from Mary Theresa Archbold as the grouchy Laura and David Harrell as the kind, gay Donald. But there are also moments of defensiveness, anger and judgment. It’s a sensitive portrait of wounded people moving, with difficulty but also with some help, toward forgiveness."
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Variety
June 22nd, 2016

"A smart and sensitive piece about the harm done to vulnerable people in the name of religion…Although he tends to dry up when switching from two-character scenes to ‘crowd’ scenes of three or more, Hunter keeps us involved in the confessional material. Unfortunately, the storytelling drags under Stella Powell-Jones’ plodding direction — although to be fair, the stage is a bit small to handle two wheelchairs."
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Theatermania
June 28th, 2016

"Authors are always looking to bring something new to this dramatic territory. In his arresting new drama 'The Healing,' playwright Samuel D. Hunter does just that, and it elevates the genre to new levels of emotional heights…All of the performances feel incredibly well-developed...In the central role, DeVido is simply mesmerizing, imbuing Sharon with the right amount of guilt…'The Healing' deftly blends humor and sadness."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 23rd, 2016

"With remarkable economy and not a hint of sentimentality, Hunter sketches in the characters and the ways they are relate to each other…Hunter writes plays that present a highly nuanced view of religion...He never dismisses his characters' spiritual hungers...Under the meticulous direction of Stella Powell-Jones, the cast convincingly creates one of those circles of friends who can easily take up with each other, no matter how long they have been apart."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 22nd, 2016

“The performers are good...Stella Powell-Jones has staged simply but declaratively, on a cramped but homey set...Unfortunately, these handsome elements have not found a script worthy of their polish. Hunter's writing trades thoroughly on clichés - many of them his own...The one-sidedness his writing displays makes it impossible for it to encourage a greater conversation about the role faith can or should assume in our lives...A rant's a rant, no matter how prettily it's dressed up.”
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TheaterScene.net
June 28th, 2016

“‘The Healing’ is a sensitive study of friends living with disabilities and shared unhappy memories. Its weakness is that it is too understated like an example of cinema verité that has not been truly shaped as a piece of drama. Director Stella Powell-Jones has obtained beautiful performances from her cast at the same time that her pacing seems lacking in dynamism. It is to be hoped that Hunter will revise this version for the next production into a more compelling drama.”
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Theatre is Easy
June 23rd, 2016

"A moving play that showcases a talented ensemble of actors...Hunter finds that perfect balance between humor and sadness that exists in life and the believable dialogue reflects that...‘The Healing’ is a true ensemble piece and it's difficult to single anyone out, but it's more Sharon's story than anyone else's. DeVido is hilarious...But she is also heartbreaking...The only one in the cast that I'd seen before is McGinty, but I hope to see them all again."
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Stage Buddy
June 29th, 2016

"The cast is uniformly superb…The play itself has moments of wit and pathos, but never really goes anywhere. It’s an interesting set-up but it unfolds fairly predictably and without any twists, surprises or even much of a dramatic climax…But the acting and direction go a very long way in overcoming these faults and make 'The Healing' an often fascinating glimpse into the spiritual lives of people who were given few choices in life except how to escape."
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Exeunt Magazine
June 24th, 2016

"Hunter deftly peels back the layers of sorrow in these characters...He creates complete characters the audience easily connects to, even if a few moments in the play come across as overly constructed. Covering momentous subject matters like faith, friendship, loneliness, and legacy, Hunter can only dabble a little in each, with faith looming largest. But Hunter’s dabbling is better than most playwrights’ deepest dives."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
June 24th, 2016

“Samuel D. Hunter’s sensitive but unsentimental and thinly plotted new play...Regardless of the actors’ particular physical problems, there’s nothing wrong with their acting, each character being completely real and in the moment...Hunter has helped greatly by showing them as fully dimensional, warts and all. Director Stella Powell-Jones’s pause-filled, 90-minute, intermissionless production tends toward occasional sluggishness, however, and only a few scenes have conventional dramatic punch.”
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Theater In The Now
June 23rd, 2016

“What Hunter has done is written a genuine and authentic drama about real people with real emotions. And that makes 'The Healing' infinitely more heartbreaking...From top to bottom, this cast was triumphant...Powell-Jones' impeccable guidance brought 'The Healing' to great heights. With fluid direction, this piece moved yet felt lived in. Honesty was the key to Powell-Jones’ success...An important play that needs attention."
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Broadway & Me
June 29th, 2016

"An affecting meditation on faith, friendship and forgiveness…Hunter and director Stella Powell-Jones sift through the emotional damage with great sensitivity. The cast, composed of both abled-bodied and disabled actors is uniformly excellent. But Shannon DeVido is a standout…There's a not-exactly surprise twist that comes toward the end of the show's 90 minutes but the survivors' struggle to get there is still moving—and worth seeing."
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On Stage Blog
June 24th, 2016

"The cast of talented actors directed by Stella Powell-Jones has an incredible chemistry. Every one of them deserves praise, but I especially want to pay tribute to Shannon DeVido...'The Healing' is a very smart and subtle piece of theater. It grabs you quickly with its tasty cynical humor and holds you tight...I highly recommend seeing 'The Healing,' as it is a remarkable show."
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Village Voice
June 29th, 2016

"Hunter's play contemplates the relationships between our physical and spiritual selves, and the damage that extremist thinking can perpetuate. Unfortunately the heavy emotions remain, steady and unchanging, offering little chance for real revelation to characters or audience alike…There's plenty of fodder for contemplation here, but Hunter seems tentative about shaping it into drama."
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E
June 23rd, 2016

“Hunter does an admirable job of populating his world with likable, true-to-life characters, but he’d get more present-tense energy out of them if he’d let them set the blame game aside and try to harder to reach each other. Similarly, director Stella Powell-Jones keeps the actors emotionally grounded, but could stand to prune some of the awkward pauses and move the action forward with greater surety. Despite its stagnant beats, though, ‘The Healing’ does spark an intriguing debate.”
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New York Theatre Review
June 27th, 2016

“Samuel D. Hunter does what he always does so beautifully: he creates a play centered around one big thing that ends up not being what the play is about at all, infusing a sense of surprise to the work...The ensemble of ‘The Healing’ exudes strength and vulnerability simultaneously and gives nuanced performances that are startlingly honest. Stella Powell-Jones’ direction allows the actors the opportunity to provide these quiet and still moments that seamlessly flow from past to present.”
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A
July 2nd, 2016

"I was pleasantly surprised how uniquely an otherwise familiar plot was handled…The dialogue throughout was very natural, relaxed, and realistic, further making the disabilities of the characters truly a secondary focus…We become very involved with all of the characters through some very personal and heartfelt stories…This theater company is true to its name: Theater Breaking Through Barriers. It has certainly done just that with this unique and overall stellar production."
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Magical MissTari Tour
June 17th, 2016

"There were a lot of laughs interspersed with the sadder moments, and all of the actors had terrific comic timing...This story of disability was told with great authenticity and truth...Bravo, cast of 'The Healing'...Hunter has written truthful, interesting characters, with flaws and demons. The dialogue was quirky and smart and always completely authentic to the characters...This was a smart, funny, sad, touching piece about a topic I found fascinating."
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