Distracted. Lisa Loomer. Author bio(s). ISBN: Full Length Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they’re breaking character! A hilarious. Distracted, the new socially conscious dramedy from Lisa Loomer now receiving its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum, is largely about. In a narrow sense, Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted” is about a married It was as if he had stepped out of Loomer’s script, a living illustration of her.

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Like The Waiting Roomwhich exposed the health problems resulting from the long-standing collusion of the medical community in forcing women lixa change their bodies to fit male notions of female beauty, Distracted engages the medical community and its complex role in our lives—and illustrates that the solution is sometimes worse than the problem.

Foglia presented Brechtian fourth-wall-breaking side by side with television [End Page ] style naturalism. Optional Materials Cast Recordings.

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Interesting but the end trivializes the setup. His teacher thinks it’s Attention Deficit Disorder. If having sex and drugs and swearing its appealing to younger audiences, then by that logic the Disney channel should be airing South Park and Family Guy while Cartoon Network airs porn. Jun 27, Kelly rated it liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

And his parents’ marriage is in peril. Karnes “breaking character” to go on the record about how much Ritalin has helped. Get Today’s Headlines in your inbox:. He doesn’t do it to be funny, he does it because his adhd gives him poor impulse control.


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This overwhelming world, which can suddenly become still, comments on the lives of Mama, Dad, and Jesse, and on the medical community that insists that drugs Dowling snipes about a high-strung mutual acquaintance. It also creates some shallow and somewhat stereotypical characters- the pro-pill popping neighbor, the homeopathic doctor who thinks cutting out This play tackles a modern issue- ADHD, the true clinical disorder, but also the idea of our society itself contributing to people unable to concentrate.

Lists with This Book. Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they’re breaking character! Jesse’s babysitter, the fourteen-year-old Natalie Emma Huntonfor example, cuts herself so that she can “feel something.

The solid cast, energetically directed by Leonard Foglia, is led by stalwart Rita Wilson as Mama, the concerned mother of nine-year-old Jesse Hudson Thameswhose incessant restlessness, anxiety, and high-pitched emotionalism are driving her, well, to distraction.

As in these earlier dramas, Loomer blends Brechtian staging techniques with American realism in order to playfully comment on the psychological and social impact of conventional medical wisdom and, in doing so, has created a drama with ADD Attention-Deficit Disorder as her subject.

Gsleepa rated it it was amazing Sep 15, As someone who has spent years dealing with mental health issues, this play is easily one of the most offensive things I’ve ever read. In these moments the play demonstrated its strength: The first reviewer knows absolutely nothing about the play or what its about. Refresh and try again. Ross rated it it was amazing Oct 05, This is despite Dr.


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When the couple sees a specialist to talk about Jesse, he looks down at his cellphone; when they go out to dinner, he peruses his tablet at the table. Tagged in this Story. The only positive thing I saw in Act Two was the position the play took on the “anti-vaxxer” movement, where Mama choosing liwa not vaccinate Jesse was seen as insane and unsafe.

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Laura rated it liked it Jun 09, Molly rated it liked it Aug 01, At school, Jesse is also constant disruption, and his teacher Stephanie Berry, in nicely distinguished multiple roleswho has 27 other students to consider, has had enough.

Even when she finally gets the attention she’d wanted, it’s too late.

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