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  1. zack mosner

    Thornton Wilder meets the year 2017? A personal journey of inquiry touched by humor, mystery and the acceptance of the unknown in life. The acting is exemplary and Barbara Dirickson reminds us of how much she has been missed. You may not really know what you’ve seen when you leave but you’re glad you stopped by….

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  2. Robin Amadon

    I found Well to be a play that had good intentions but was somewhat poorly written. The humor lines were predictable and the Lisa Kron character tried mightily to come to grips with her mix of anger and love for her mother; at least in this play’s resolution she missed the mark in her writing — her mother gave her the support to be different, the gift of her admiration for her work and her own passion about integration and her community-setting Lisa free to find her own talents in her own ways. Lacking everywhere was a sense this history can’t be undone. And what would have been better? Her mother’s wellness? Rep’s production and cast were excellent; what was lacking for me was the insight of the main character whose story this was. She ended I felt with the same mis-labeling of her confusion and anger–and I felt that her mother couldn’t win with her for living. Ultimately to me it felt like a play still stuck in its entitled main character’s dismay. The attitude conveyed in the play put me in mind of a wonderful phrase: Lisa, you should have done a better job choosing your parents with the gripes you hold.

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  3. Chris Johnson

    The 2016 mainstage season started well with “A Raisin in the Sun”, a great play. But the last 3 (King Charles III, Woody Sez, and Well) all were disappointing to both my wife and me. Maybe I’m just spoiled or closed-minded, but I think that the new artistic direction is a departure from the high quality productions that we have come to expect at the Rep. We will discontinue our subscription as a result.

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  4. Robert Livingston

    Greatly enjoyed Well. This sort of play is why I like being a subscriber. I end up going to plays that on the face of it don’t appeal to me. I probably would have avoided the whole thing if I were making the decision on a play by play basis.
    I knew the term “meta” in other contexts (metadata, meta analysis) but not metatheater. It was intriguing.
    We went Feb 14 and there was a post play discussion that I enjoyed. 90% of the audience has filtered out. I honestly thought, at first, that the post-play discussion was actually a clever extension of the whole “metatheater”, and it was actually part of the play itself. Sometimes if you linger in a movie theater long enough to survive the credits, there is a little extension of the movie. If the playwright ever decided to actually explore such an idea, you could not beat, as a template, the discussion that actually occurred. The woman playing the role of the SRT employee with a funny voice to my ears (I guess she actually WAS an employee) came out with a microphone that did not work and after some back and forth was about to cast it aside when this deep deep voice came over the house speakers that could have been the voice of God and said “Hold down the button”.
    Amusing. That was a good start.
    Then the panel was introduced: two professors from the University of Washington, one with an area specialty that I could not believe was actually real and wearing clown-like socks, and then some medical related guy. The professors were almost supernaturally articulate, riffing off the questions that they were asked by the moderator. I slowly accepted, almost disappointed, that this was NOT part of the play, but reality. Anyway, one professor managed to draw in the Holocaust and both wandered around in spaces that I could not believe could be connected to the play that I had just seen. I am a very concrete thinker so this all seemed a little miraculous, but nonetheless delightful.

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  5. WELL was fabulous. It totally blew me away. It it the best thing I’ve seen in years. It amazed me how she wrote this dance in and out of reality, the interactions between mother and daughter were powerful. Well done! I’ve referred several people to go see it.
    Frank Robinson

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  6. Chris

    Really enjoyed Well. Very entertaining and quick paced and quick witted. Not entirely sure what intended message(s) were–but some interesting ones were delivered.

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  7. Rita Baeyen

    Loved it ! Laugh out loud funny. Quirky that works. Multi-dimensional and thought provoking. My husband and I both enjoyed it. Excellent performances….

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  8. Barbara

    Well was disappointing. Of course there were some very funny lines and yes, mothers and daughters often do not communicate honestly. There were hints at resolution in the matter of racial divide but they were pretty weak. There was lots to contemplate but I thought perhaps I would rather have read this play than sit through it.

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  9. Tracy

    Loved “Well”. Kudos to Lisa for delivering a topic (that can be very touchy in families living with chronic fatigue syndrome) in a lighthearted manner. I felt the format kept the play from becoming to heavy and was also an example of how daily activities are disrupted due to this malady.

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