Lisa Loomer has done it again. She’s simultaneously written a riotously funny play and tackled an important social issue. She’s applied her gift for blending. Distracted – Acting Edition has 63 ratings and 7 reviews. Matt said: Essentially a play about the complexity of raising a child with ADHD. The humor is v. Playwright Lisa Loomer explores the question, “What is A.D.D. in an A.D.D. world ?” in her play “Distracted,” opening at Virginia Tech on Oct. 3.

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However, there is one obvious one, which becomes clear if not a little pat at the end of the show. Sherida-jayne Glover rated it liked it Jul 15, But along the way it also makes the case that ADD is an apt metaphorical diagnosis for our times.

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Medication is seen as a detriment and a cause for more problems, such as when Jesse in Act Two is described as “rather like a zombie” or when he says “It makes me feel like I’ve got bugs inside! The second reviewer said that it tries to appeal to a younger audience. Most Popular in arts Right Arrow. Dstracted Preview See a Problem?

Helmer Leonard Foglia keeps his skillful ensemble to a crackling pace. He doesn’t do it xistracted be funny, he does it because his adhd gives him poor impulse control.

Free parking is available on weekends and after 5 p. Also, Distracted came out in when smartphones were still pretty new, and the ongoing debate of how big a distraction smartphones are is more recent.

Mama asks if having to take drugs makes kids depressed, and Dad even goes so far as to say he’ll divorce Mama if she continues to keep Jesse on drugs. Tickets will be available at the Squires ticket office beginning one hour prior to the performance.


Like Ritalin and other pharmacological treatments, today’s technology offers enormous benefits — and equally enormous side effects. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Optional Materials Cast Recordings. I think that in the context of the play, nothing would have helped her.

Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squires parking garage and the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Now even our plays are multitasking. Jul 05, Kelsey rated it it was ok.

Loomer has kept Jesse in an offstage upstairs room like the first Mrs. Bella rated it did not like it Oct 23, It’s become nearly impossible to create any personal sense of peace and harmony when we’re constantly being bombarded with the visual and aural vulgarities of news reports, phone solicitations, pop-up ads, profanity-laden music, overtly sexual advertising, and neon-laced billboards. It’s implied that the panic attack he has about the fire drill is a direct result of the drugs and not part of his condition that was heightened by them, as the doctor explains is common.

Published December 31st by Dramatists Play Service. But for many, the laughs may be of chastened recognition. Depicting our multitasking, never-all-there lifestyle onstage requires some calculation, Savick says: Distracted is an amazing show when its done right. Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they’re breaking character!

After two acts of deepening conundrum, denouement will strike aud as either maddeningly trite or magically right. Katie rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Not one character is truly relatable, and the story is therefore difficult to care about. I am cast in this play as Sherry.

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The loudest cry of all may be the one that finally reaches over the din of cell phones and commercials and boom boxes: Get Today’s Headlines in your inbox:. Lots of breaking the 4th wall, which I like but might not have universal appeal. The result is a more docile child with decidedly less personality and creative instinct — not to mention the threat of divorce from her hippie-like husband if she doesn’t take the boy off the drugs.


No trivia or quizzes yet. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. My main complained is that I think the Dad character really got off easy, a little un Essentially a play about the complexity of raising a child with ADHD.

To ask other readers questions about Distracted – Acting Editionplease sign up. What’s wrong with nine-year-old Jesse? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Directed by Leonard Foglia. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

This play tackles a modern issue- ADHD, the true clinical disorder, but also looomer idea of our society itself contributing to people unable to concentrate. Book annotation not available for this title. The doctors blame everything from vaccinations to food additives to environmental toxins. His function is to act as the mouthpiece for skepticism, no matter what cause or treatment Mama investigates.

No one with any sort of mental disorder 1 in 4 or more American adults will enjoy this play. His teacher thinks it’s Attention Deficit Disorder. My main complained is that I think the Dad character really got off easy, a little unsatisfying I think. Maureen Morley rated it it was amazing May 12, Note that Jesse, while heard from constantly, is actually kept offstage loo,er the final moments of the play. When do we need to turn to drugs and at what cost?

To be directed by Cliff Fannin Bakerit tells the story of a man who sets up shop as a decisiologist, offering professional help to the indecisive.

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