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on December 1, 2012
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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on June 21, 2014
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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on February 28, 2016
A superb play and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hudes won the Tony Award for best musical for "In the Heights" in 2008. She was also nominated for the Pulitzer in Drama for "Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue" - the main character in that play is a significant figure in this one.

The story centers around a Puerto Rican family scattered around Philadelphia. Elliot is an Iraq Vet with a limp who works at a Subway Shop. Yazmin is his cousin and close confident - she recently started working as an Adjunct Professor in music. His birth mother is Odessa, a recoverying crack addict. He was not raised by her, but rather his Aunt, Mami Ginny.

Odessa runs a website where recoverying crack addicts from around the world check in and give each other support. Elliot has a hard time reconciling this reformed version of her from his childhood experiences.

The dialogue is excellent, and the story moves along well. There is conflict, wrestling with demons and one of the finest eulogies to be found in literature.
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on November 24, 2012
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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on July 18, 2016
This play is a lovely read. The characters a well-developed, each with human flaws but a sense of hope surrounding each of them. This play explores relationships within a blood families, as well as relationships within an online chat room family of recovering crack addicts. Each character struggles with forgiveness of self and forgiveness of others. At the end of the play, each character has to go down the road that is right for him/her - and the choice for each person varies depending on their own needs. It's a complex look at life that does not have the neat and tidy Disney ending, but ends in a way that is satisfactory. Most characters grow and change as they face the situations of the play. An extremely satisfying read.
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on May 30, 2015
Quiara does a great job in the transitions from scene to scene. The sorry is captivating but ends abruptly at a point where add the reader you don't want it to end. Out of the three scripts they follow this story Water by The Spoonful is the best one. It doesn't require the reader or viewers to have read the previous script. It touches the subject of drug abuse, death, and family.
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on January 29, 2015
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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on December 1, 2015
I loved this. An online chat room for crack addicts. One sponsor flies all the way to Tokyo to be there for a Sponsee. A sponsor with six years relapses, a newbie with one day stays by her in the hospital, then takes her to rehab. Loved this.
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on July 1, 2013
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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on August 27, 2015
I love the character's and the cross of internet world with real life. And the addiction and death makes it all the more interesting. Definitely cried. Definitely laughed. And definitely smiled when it was all done. Wrapped up nicely. Great play.
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