From Library Journal
As Is won the 1985 Drama Desk Award for outstanding new play. Its painful and distressing subject, AIDS, might easily have resulted in a documentary treatment, an unbearable naturalism, or a maudlin sentimentality. Because it is so well written, the play creates a deep feeling about the people and issues. The story of the central character's struggle with AIDs and its impact on him, his friends, lovers, family, and the medical community is told in a seamless stream-of-consciousness flow that has a compelling inner logic and a meaningful structure. Hoffman seeks a warm and humorous tone for his play, which allows the pain to gather subtly and leave us entertained, instructed, and powerfully moved. As Is should be of wide interest to lay reader and playgoer alike. Thomas E. Luddy, English Dept., Salem State Coll., Mass .
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