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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Distracted is about a nine year old named Jesse who has adhd and is basically me when I was nine. I’m going to address what the previous two said and explain what they don’t understand about Distracted. Gsleepa rated it it was amazing Sep 15, The result is a more docile child with decidedly less personality and creative instinct — not to mention the threat of divorce from her hippie-like husband if she doesn’t take the boy off the drugs.

It’s implied that the panic attack he has about the fire drill is a direct result of the drugs and not part of his condition that was heightened by them, as the doctor explains is common. The ending of the play kind of just “happens” not a lot gets resolved but ends on a little hopeful note.

Also, Distracted came out in when smartphones were acript pretty new, and the ongoing debate of how big a distraction smartphones are is more recent. Want to Read Currently Lisz Read. 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 Medication is seen as a detriment and a cause for more problems, such as when Jesse in Act Two is described as “rather like a zombie” or when he says “It makes me feel like I’ve got bugs inside!

Distracted Acting Edition for Theater Productions. Miranda Reilly rated it really liked it Jan 16, Foglia presented Brechtian fourth-wall-breaking side by side with television [End Page lolmer style naturalism. Trivia About Distracted – Acti And Mama’s on a quest for answe. Like The Waiting Roomwhich exposed the health problems resulting from the long-standing collusion of the medical community in forcing women to change their bodies to fit male notions of female beauty, Distracted engages the medical community loomfr its complex role in our lives—and illustrates that the solution is sometimes worse than the problem.


Shannon rated it really liked it Nov 27, Karen rated it really liked it Jul 16, As someone who has spent years dealing with mental health lsia, this play is easily one of the most offensive things I’ve ever read. Dowling snipes about a high-strung mutual acquaintance. Mar 26, Mimi Grant rated it really liked it. Loomer does that in a scripy, arresting, and persuasive fashion.

The main characters are all very relatable but only scrit people who have been in similar situations. But Loomer has broader satiric points to make about a more generalized form of cultural ADD, one that stems from our fixation on the large screens that surround us at home or work and the smaller screens that we carry around with us.

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What is normal in today’s society? I think that in the context of the play, nothing would have helped looker. Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles. The interactive set allowed the characters to move quickly and effectively through the space, shifting from the wall of televisions to the simplicity of a suburban kitchen by moving a few panels.

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Distracted review Kevin J. I am cast in this play as Sherry. Fearful that Jesse may have Attention Deficit Disorder or the more politically-correct ADHD, which includes hyperactivityMama dives into research mode, reading books and medical reports, talking to psychologists and psychiatrists many played in varying degrees of outrageousness by Bronson Pinchotexploring biofeedback and homeopathy, and checking out clinics.

When do we need to bh to drugs and at what cost? The only positive thing I saw in Act Two was the position the play took on the “anti-vaxxer” movement, where Mama choosing to not vaccinate Jesse was seen as insane and unsafe. This is reenforced by the tragedy that is Distracter.


User Review – Flag as inappropriate Insultingly pandering. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Dad says, “He’s just a boy!

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Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. His parents are worried diztracted him because he’s struggling with a lot of things and its affecting his ability to learn and socialize.

Optional Materials Cast Recordings. Fischer is wonderfully expressive throughout, traversing a range of emotions — confusion, guilt, anxiety, determination — as a mother struggling to figure dishracted which approach will allow her son to lead a happy life. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While it’s true that attention early on in her problems may have made it easier to get help, the position taken by this play seems to be one of two things: Interesting but the end trivializes the setup.

Jesse’s babysitter, the fourteen-year-old Natalie Emma Huntonfor example, cuts herself so that she can “feel something. Want to Read saving…. The first reviewer knows absolutely nothing about the play or what its about.

Locations New York City. Perhaps the term “Attention Deficit Disorder” actually has a dual application, referring not just to the short attention span of the child, but to the lack of attention paid to the child by overwhelmed, overcommitted, endlessly multi-tasking parents. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

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Sara Townsend rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Jesse is a very relatable character because he struggles with things many people with adhd struggle with, including myself. Thank you for signing up! Karnes “breaking character” to go on the record about how much Ritalin has helped.