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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The last thing he says that shows he clearly doesn’t understand the play is that it “Misses the point by not having smartphones play a role.

His teacher thinks it’s Attention Deficit Disorder. My main complained is that I think the Dad character really got off easy, a little un Essentially a play about the complexity of raising a child with ADHD.

Distracted is an amazing show when its done right. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Be the lokmer to distracfed a question about Distracted – Acting Edition. He says that none of the characters are relatable and he’s right, in the same way that nazis can’t relate to a movie about a group of jews during the Holocaust.

I have to finish “West Side Story”, then “Distracted” will commence! Sign up for more newsletters here. Get Today’s Headlines in your inbox:.

Throughout, Jesse is an offstage voice, becoming louder and angrier, but he is in danger of fading away. After intermission, he did not return. The solid cast, energetically directed by Leonard Foglia, is led by stalwart Rita Wilson lsa Mama, the concerned mother of nine-year-old Jesse Hudson Thameswhose incessant restlessness, anxiety, and high-pitched emotionalism are driving her, well, to distraction.

Even when she finally gets the attention she’d wanted, it’s too late. Hiram Alexander scrippt it really liked it Apr 03, Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Molly rated it liked it Aug 01, And he says its inaccurate, which I can say as someone who basically went through everything that happens when I was Jesse’s age, is just not true.


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Distracted – Acting Edition

Have these points been made before? Foglia presented Brechtian fourth-wall-breaking side by side with koomer [End Page ] style naturalism. 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.

Then again, his resistance to labels is understandable in an era when we fling them about so blithely. Jesse is a very relatable character because he struggles with things many people with adhd struggle with, including myself. 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.

Jan 03, Michael rated it really liked it. Bella rated it did not like it Oct 23, He was too busy checking his cellphone and cracking jokes to his buddy.

Lisa Loomer’s ‘Distracted’? Attention must be paid – The Boston Globe

Most of the story and ideas are good, but the ending might be a bit of a cop out No one with any sort of mental disorder 1 in 4 or more American adults will enjoy this play. Thank you for signing up! The lack of vaccination of children in recent years has caused a significant spike in the spread of infectious diseases like whooping cough, so it was nice to see “Distracted” take at least one reasonable stance on medical treatment.


It also creates some shallow and somewhat stereotypical characters- the pro-pill popping neighbor, the homeopathic doctor who thinks cutting out wheat will cure ADHD, the exhausted teacher who just wants the kid to sit still at any cost, and the dad who insists ‘boys will be boys.

Perhaps the distracetd “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, distracged multi-tasking parents.

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Its largely about adhd, which is a ecript disorder, not a mental disorder you bigot. McCarthy does a grand job of establishing this technologically-driven world with her giant on-stage screens, which shoots off rapid-fire video images of news reports, talks shows, game shows, TV series, cartoons, sporting events, and cheesy paid advertisements.

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. Distracted review Kevin J. The school wants the parents to medicate him and the rest is about all the things his parents are trying to do to help him and how it affects him, and the parents debating whether what they’re doing is really the right thing to do, to medicate loomeer child to fit into a system that is unforgiving, to drug him so he lives up to standards that are high and unfair.