La MaMa presents this world premiere family memoir set to original music. A story about the cataclysms of depression, fear, and anxiety, and their dynamic intersections with an eating disorder and suicidal ideation. More…
When Sylvia accidentally takes her anorexic daughter’s antidepressant, panic and pandemonium ensue. 'The Pill' is a true story written by five members of The Family – a comic and tragic mash-up of three generations take on living and dying in a post-truth dysfunctional world.
"A play with every human feeling on display...It makes you want to break down...All the acting is superb...The directing is excellent...the choreography is astounding...All the songs are terrific...'The Pill'...doesn't feel finished, you would like to see it expanded further, on a bigger stage, you can imagine a rewrite that expands the vision not of the play itself but the staging proper...'The Pill' deserves it." Full Review
"Experimental theatre can be a barrage of whacky, fun, nonsensical and in-your-face storytelling. 'The Pill' has all these elements wrapped into one...Leni played by Zoe Wilson is one to watch...The minimal white sets are used as a backdrop for video footage to convey emotion, humor, and push the narrative. And, it works. The dynamic between these zany characters is rich and often comes together with witty dialogue and sometimes song." Full Review
“Akira Kurosawa's ‘Rashōmon,’ which ingeniously told its story from multiple character perspectives, has inspired countless others to concoct their own slippery tales. But, of course, most of these imitators struggle with the problem of not being Kurosawa. ‘The Pill,’ a family memoir comprised of several intergenerational viewpoints, is the latest proof that a plot device can only take you so far.” Full Review
See it if you want an intelligent, entertaining show with incredible music, discussing serious topics, but in a way that can open dialogue.
Don't see it if you have a tough time hearing about suicide or eating disorders.
See it if Youre seeking new theatre that features an outstanding young actress in Wilson. The topic is timely and balance of light and dark is great.
Don't see it if Youre not prepared to spend time trying to track the story or the chronology. Confusing at times, but worth the time it takes to dissect.
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