Month: November 2018

Chasing The New White Whale

CHASING THE NEW WHITE WHALE, addresses the problem of opioid addiction in fishing and working communities. In addition to the play, Gorman, who is the newly appointed Playwright in Residence at La MaMa, has developed an evolving series of environmental installations, readings, presentations and performances dedicated to unravelling the complex issue of addiction.

This innovative and deeply personal approach to tackling addiction was inspired by Gorman’s brother—a commercial fisherman in Boston and New Bedford, Mass.—who died of a heroin overdose.

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Inescapable is diverting and well performed but too short really to go anywhere. It’s a bit like Phillip Glass, but without the music.

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Full disclosure – I saw this show on Tuesday the 20th and am writing the review today the 24th.  I figured no one would be reading over the Thanksgiving Holiday – right?  And a funny thing happened those four days – I could not stop thinking about Downstairs.  That in itself was enough to make me sit up and take notice.

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