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The Healing

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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. More…

Twenty-five years ago, a group of kids met at a summer camp where the head counselor secretly taught them that their disabilities could be 'cured' through the power of prayer. Today, the old friends have gathered to mourn the untimely passing of one of their circle. Over the course of the night, old wounds are uncovered, friendships are tested, and a troubling truth about their late friend becomes clear. 'The Healing' features a cast of mostly differently abled actors,

Member Reviews (45)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing
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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.

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.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Serious, Insightful, Depressing

See it if You are interested in characters coming to grips with the death of a friend and their different views on faith.

Don't see it if You would like more humor and wit to complement the serious subject matter.

Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Compelling

See it if you're interested in a new, awesome play by Sam Hunter.

Don't see it if it will bother you that there are some uneven acting performances (there are some great ones too).

Great acting, Profound, Slow, Emotional, Relevant

See it if you can endure a 90 minute show which should have been performed in 60. Well acted, good writing, interesting story line, but draggy.

Don't see it if disabled actors make you uncomfortable; you tend to get uneasy during a very slow performance.

Ambitious, Slow, Cliched, Clunky, Great casting

See it if you'd appreciate characters with disabilities actually being portrayed by PEOPLE with disabilities. Praise Theater Jesus!

Don't see it if you won't make it through a well-meaning but ultimately slow and uneven script, however earnestly performed.

Ambitious, Edgy, Daring, Tender, Relevant

See it if You are ready for a frank discussion of religious faith and its impact on young minds. Issues of personal responsibility arise as well.

Don't see it if You are squeamish about religious beliefs and/or death.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an absorbing play dealing with people with whom you usually do not come into contact.

Don't see it if actors with disabilities might upset you. Though, you should experience this wonderful cast.

Relevant, Poignant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You enjoy dramas about people confronting the demons of their past.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light or need a tightly closed story. Something about this felt unfinished to me.

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Thought-provoking, Earnest

See it if You value characters discussing issues which are at the core of their lives. These are flawed characters, as all of us are.

Don't see it if You mind that these people are a bit too cardboard and inflexible (though some real people are too). Not Hunter's best work, but good stuff.

Edgy, Intense, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you're open to seeing on stage actors with talent and commitment to their craft who happen to be living with physical challenges

Don't see it if you're looking for something light or straight-forward or are uncomfortable around heavy topics (religion, mental illness)

Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Inclusive

See it if You like terrific heartfelt writing and inclusive themes and casting.

Don't see it if Slower paced text heavy plays bore you

Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Profound

See it if You want to see a touching drama filled with emotion & sometimes sense of humor. Good cast for the most part.

Don't see it if If you are the religious type who gets easily offended, people w disabilities make you uncomfortable or if topic of death bothers you.

Clever, Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging, Original

See it if I just love supporting "Theatre Breaking Through Barriers" and all that they stand for... So I'll ALWAYS recommend and support

Don't see it if Not disable-friendly


See it if like shows about old friends learning about their past. Disabilities melt away and their stories take center stage.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted, smiley play.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you want to see one of America's best playwrights serving great material through terrific actors who don't get enough opportunities

Don't see it if you don't like Samuel D. Hunter plays. Because this is definitely one of his.

Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing

See it if To become familiar with Samuel Hunter - who writes about modern alienation from family, community and faith & the need to connect

Don't see it if You need a break from tense relationships

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Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You want to be challenged to think about many different types of issues - relational, generational, spiritual, etc. Great performances.

Don't see it if You want a fast-paced or easy to digest story line.

Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Uneven

See it if you want to see strong acting in an original & thought-provoking play. It's heavier then the average show with an engaging plot.

Don't see it if you don't want to roll your eyes, a lot. There's one weak actor & a lot of heavy-handed religious rants.

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like Samuel Hunter plays and/or you want to see a play that attempts to honestly deal with disability issues with disabled actors.

Don't see it if You want a clear resolution or ending to the play.

Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you'd love to experience superb naturalistic acting by a largely hidden segment of the acting community: the disabled, & you like dramas

Don't see it if you are not a fan of slow-paced plays (even though the slow pace is due to well-crafted naturalistic acting and scriptwriting)

Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're a fan of the playwright.

Don't see it if you're a Christian Scientist.

Slow, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if plays that revisit the past to examine their aftermath in the present interest you or if conflict between faith and reason is of interest.

Don't see it if You are looking for action or resolution.

Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You like shows about often unexplored topics, with people who you don't usually see on stage

Don't see it if You don't like disability or the subject of suicide or religion

Entertaining, Absorbing, Well acted, Cutting edge, Funny

See it if You care about a profoundly human story

Don't see it if You don't like theatre that has an occasional plodding moment but otherwise portrays an too often untold slice of life with humor and grace

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 ...
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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 judgmen...
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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...
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"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...
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