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“A beautiful, heartbreaking knockout of a play, as startling and innovative and human on the page as on the stage.” –Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“This is one of the best new plays I’ve seen in years. This is a very funny, warm, and yes, uplifting play with characters that are vivid, vital, and who stay with you long after the play is over.” –Frank Rizzo, Hartford Courant

“To Hudes' credit and our benefit, the ways in which the people within those worlds bicker, undermine and support each other are as compelling as the inevitable intersections and intrusions between them.” –Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Gate

“Hudes corrals harsh voices and brutal stories into a magnificent whole that is beautiful not because it is lovely but because it is brokenheartedly tender and true.” –Charles McNulty, LA Times

“Beautifully resounding drama... The playwright examines an array of emotional toils by splashing together droplets of life’s bleak realities, harsh revelations, fragile successes and modest triumphs, all of which conspire like tiny specks of contrasting colors on a canvas. A rich, brilliant montage of American urban life that is as dazzling to watch as it is difficult to look away from.” -Peter Santilli, Associated Press

“Hudes brilliantly taps into both the family ties that bind as well as the alternative cyber universe… Her dialogue is bright, her characters, compelling… It’s only when cyber meets the real world that anger gives way to forgiveness and resistance becomes redemption; the heart of the play opens up and the waters flow freely.” -Variety

About the Author

Quiara Alegría Hudes is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful, the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue. Her other works include Barrio Grrrl!, a children’s musical; 26 Miles; Yemaya’s Belly and The Happiest Song Plays Last, the third piece in her acclaimed trilogy. Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She now lives in New York with her husband and children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559364386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559364386
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found the story entertaining and it kept me interested the entire time.
Carpenchantress
I have not seen it, but I found it complex to visualize, and like a film it relies on visual metaphors to communicate its full meaning.
Mary Lee Grisanti
I read this play because I'm interested in Philadelphia theater and playwrights.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lee Grisanti on December 1, 2012
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This is a very original, densely emotional and verbal play. It relies on the conceit that thr same set of charaters operate by different names on different sides of the stage - one representing their everyday reality, the other their relationships on the internet under different names. I have not seen it, but I found it complex to visualize, and like a film it relies on visual metaphors to communicate its full meaning. Reading it made me want to see it. It explores the bizarre discrepancies in our lonely real lives and our gregarious online lives in a way that ultimately seems deeply -- and counterintuitively hopeful.

The publication would benefit from photos or drawings that help the reader follow the characters in their different incarnations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Doran on November 24, 2012
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Yes, many can say that,this play is gritty... this connection of technology in the true face of humanity is a real comment on our social structure in the "flat" world we live in today. The Internet masks us, but the mask is torn off in this play. Simply beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted Wendt on June 21, 2014
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Bought the text after seeing a production of the play. This is really powerful stuff--and very timely (one of the characters is an Iraqi War vet). One especially clever writing technique is having the characters from a "chat room" speak what they are posting--but without any obvious/literal typing on a keyboard. In performance, this allows the actors to look at each other, and interact (sometimes, quite closely). As you read the play, it's easy to "miss" this, and forget that these people are miles apart--both physically and psychologically. Despite the many heartbreaking themes, there is considerable humor--again, easy to miss if you are not attuned to irony/sarcasm. And, although the play is painful, it ends on notes of hope and optimism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hendrix on July 1, 2013
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Hudes juggles her supporting characters so well and so delicately; she has crafted each of them as unique, flawed individuals, their development wonderfully played out.

Addiction cuts deep--even into bloodlines--but that isn't necessarily the point Hudes is trying to get across with this expert follow-up to Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue.

Paula Vogel asked, "How many plays make us long for grace?" You feel so deeply for these characters: you want nothing but the best for them. It takes a special playwright to form that deep a bond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Wilson on December 12, 2013
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I loved every second of this play. So gripping and heartfelt. And relevant. May be close to impossible to stage in my theatre, but it is beautiful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carpenchantress on January 22, 2013
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Water by the Spoonful is the 2nd part of a trilogy by Hudes, but easily enough stands on its own. I found the story entertaining and it kept me interested the entire time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria A. Carter on December 6, 2013
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Amazing twists and turns to this play, highly recommend the entire trilogy, but this is the best of the three.
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A very interesting concept with the chatrooms and the changes of scenery. I hope to get a chance to watch it performed some time, because I'm curious to see how a director will handle the obvious challenges.
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