Now even our plays are multitasking. But along the way it also makes the case that ADD is an apt metaphorical diagnosis for our times. And how does that affect our personal relationships? Now onstage at the Central Square Theater in an Underground Railway production, the play is a comedy. But for many, the laughs may be of chastened recognition.
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Mama tries to meditate every morning. But her cellphone is always ringing. And before you know it, her young son, Jesse, is awake — and Jesse demands a lot of attention.
This is a deceptively basic staging. The set, by Laura Ekstrand and Tana Pierro, is little more than a curtain and a few red chairs.
The lighting, by Jorge Arroyo, is unexceptional. But Ms. Ekstrand — are rich with attitude, humor and personal history. Little Jesse shows every sign of having A. And they are being strongly urged to solve this problem by putting Jesse on drugs, specifically Ritalin.
To medicate or not to medicate may seem like a pedestrian dilemma on which to build a play, but Ms. It is also theatrically irreverent, occasionally having actors break character for comic effect.
At one point, Harry Patrick Christian, playing a doctor who disapproves of drugs for children with A. One presumes this is not actually Mr. The cast does a stellar job of creating a confusing world in which Mama and Dad are pulled in what feels like a dozen different directions.
Dad is given the job of observing that distractibility, a short attention span, impulsivity, risk-taking and blaming others for your mistakes pretty much define childhood, not a medical syndrome.
Or do they? Maybe there is something to the dietary approach, Mama and Dad decide, when they are advised to take Jesse off wheat, dairy and sugar. Or maybe the environment is the cause, they conclude, when warned about mold, pollen, pesticides, food dyes and the ingredients in vaccines. Maybe they should give behavior modification a try. Maybe they should fly to a clinic in New Mexico. Yet, Ms. Home Page World U.
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To Medicate, or Not to Medicate?
Mama tries to meditate every morning. But her cellphone is always ringing. And before you know it, her young son, Jesse, is awake — and Jesse demands a lot of attention. This is a deceptively basic staging. The set, by Laura Ekstrand and Tana Pierro, is little more than a curtain and a few red chairs. The lighting, by Jorge Arroyo, is unexceptional. But Ms.