A new play about the playwright’s grandfather, Alexander S. Wiener, who discovered the Rh Factor in blood. More…
From the show:
Told through the lens of interviews between the playwright and his mother, Jane Einhorn, a PhD psychologist and visual artist who had recently experienced a stroke at the time of the interviews. The play uses a mixture of verbatim/found text and invented dialogue to examine Wiener’s legacy, both scientific and familial. How does it change your life to have a world famous father…or grandfather? How does that legacy continue through the generations?
See it if If you want a play that examines a person reliving the life of her parents. Good acting and sometimes interesting.
Don't see it if If you do not like plays that are indulgent and not always fluid. This show gets slow at times
See it if you believe a family's history significantly influences its members present. Uses memories, songs, poems, letters, journals & top hats
Don't see it if family issues distress you, particularly parent to child relationships. No matter how entertaining the root of this show is abandonment
See it if You want to enjoy a writer relives his life with his family where his mother is the central character with his famous grandfather.
Don't see it if You want an upbeat play. The topic is a serious one.
See it if You enjoy a mixture of non-fiction mixed with comedy, drama, musical numbers and a bit of dancing.
Don't see it if You don’t appreciate the sciences, or non-fiction combined with a bit of absurdist comedy.
See it if If you like plays based on real people , or events in history
Don't see it if The plot is not linear, the play is a bit amateurish, so if you are not willing to overlook, don't see it
See it if if you are interested in an exploration of the impact of fame and mental illness on the family of the scientist who discovered the RH factor
Don't see it if if you don't like nonlinear plots or experimental theater
See it if You’re interested in stories of reliving parents’s lives.
Don't see it if If you want a straight toward play.
Also Bottom line, for me was, the characters weren’t all that interesting.
See it if you are interested in scientific/medical history, Jewish history, 4th-wall breaking, found text, funny/sweet/sad mother-son relationships.
Don't see it if you have recently dealt with a parent's dementia or are triggered by family issues like siblings fighting over the care-taking of mother.
See it if You want to learn about one man’s journey of discovery about who holds what positions of importance in his life.
Don't see it if You hope to find a story that has a lot of universal appeal. Rather disjointed and lacking either information or direction.
See it if Einhorn's collage/homage to his mother & her father (both doctors) is a bit overstuffed - interesting yet indulgent Simon shines as mother
Don't see it if While heartfelt, Einhorn's mother is just not as interesting or renowned as her father (very good Rella) Meta aspects of drama often confuse
See it if you are interested in glimpsing some difficult times of two real people and others portrayed by a great cast that make it entertaining.
Don't see it if you are looking for a complete story - this is a look back at father/daughter relationship with only bits of other people in their lives.
See it if Onstage writer intrviews post-stroke PhD Mum to connect clues to his shared anxiety w/ his famous Pop Pop. Flashbacks w/ piano and song.
Don't see it if Academic.Esoteric.Blood diseases.Rh Factor.Leukemia.Assisted living."Nomenclature affects outcomes of genetics." Sometimes relatable.Thesis.
See it if Truly unique, extremely reflexive, personal memoir about a complex Jewish family, and a mother with dementia
Don't see it if non-narrative, complex temporal setting, staged performances, broken fourth wall and scientific data is all used to tell a compelling story
See it if you are interested in a family story of a famous scientist told in a different, clever way. How family members suffer if not as great as him
Don't see it if you do not like to watch family histories or stories about scientists. At times the story feels a bit indulgent, otherwise great.
See it if You like plays that navigate the lives of individuals who contributed to the advancement of the field of human science. There's much to like
Don't see it if You skip quirky familial plays about too many psychologically unresolved issues. This play will make you ask more questions than it answers.
See it if you want to be surprised. It is a love story of a relationship found only after a life changing event.
Don't see it if you want a traditional story. This breaks the 4th wall, and doesn't follow a simple linear plot.