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,
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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
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