Lisa Loomer has done it again. She’s simultaneously written a riotously funny play and tackled an important social issue. She’s applied her gift for blending. Distracted – Acting Edition has 63 ratings and 7 reviews. Matt said: Essentially a play about the complexity of raising a child with ADHD. The humor is v. Playwright Lisa Loomer explores the question, “What is A.D.D. in an A.D.D. world ?” in her play “Distracted,” opening at Virginia Tech on Oct. 3.
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Looner with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 31, Matt Chan rated it liked it. Essentially a play about the complexity of raising a child with ADHD. The humor is very effective, but the “serious” and dramatic part of the play is a little uneven; sometimes it’s effective and sometimes it falls flat with me.
Lots of breaking the 4th wall, which I like but might not have universal appeal. The ending of the play kind of just “happens” not a lot gets resolved but ends on a little hopeful note. My main complained is that I think the Dad character really got off easy, distractrd little un Essentially a play about the complexity of raising a child with ADHD.
My main complained is that I think the Dad character really got off easy, a little unsatisfying I think. Oct 20, Briana rated it did not like it Recommends it for: As someone who has spent years dealing with mental health issues, this play is easily one distractdd the most offensive things Lkomer ever read.
It seems to take the position that mental illness is simply a cause of being too “distracted,” a product of the modern world and all the losa it offers. Medication is seen as a detriment and looomer 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! 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.
Mama asks if having to take drugs makes kids depressed, and Liomer even goes so far as to say he’ll divorce Mama if she continues to keep Jesse on drugs. This is despite Dr. Karnes “breaking character” to go on the record about how much Ritalin has helped. If this is an argument about not medicating children with mental illnesses or learning disabilities, it’s not bby good one.
The end of this play seems to imply that attention and love from two caring parents is enough to solve any problems caused by mental illness which is empirically not the case. This is reenforced by the tragedy llsa is Natalie.
When her bipolar disorder and cutting get out of control, she’s shipped to Utah to what is essentially a prison by parents who are clearly anguished over the decision but who have been shown to be “distracted.
Lisa Loomer’s ‘Distracted’ diagnoses our society’s ADD – The Boston Globe
Even when she finally gets the attention she’d wanted, it’s too late. 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: I think that in the context of the play, distrwcted would have helped her.
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.
The lack of vaccination of children in recent years has caused a significant spike in the spread of infectious diseases like distractsd cough, so it was nice to see “Distracted” take at least one reasonable stance on medical treatment. Jul 05, Kelsey rated it it was ok. This play tackles a modern issue- ADHD, the true clinical disorder, but also the idea of our society itself contributing to people unable to concentrate.
What is normal in today’s society?
When do we need to turn to drugs and at what cost? The problem is the play really hits you over the head with the themes, like all the major distractions in society. It also creates some shallow and somewhat stereotypical characters- the pro-pill popping neighbor, the homeopathic doctor who thinks cutting out This play tackles a modern issue- ADHD, the true clinical disorder, but also the idea of our society itself contributing to people unable to concentrate. 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.
And the play does a good job of showing how a parent could easily be overwhelmed with the information coming at them from all angles. Jun 27, Kelly rated it liked it. Overall, it was a good play, but I think there were a number of problems with it. My biggest complaint was with the character with OCD.
Everyone else gets a moment to be taken seriously, but she remains the laughing stock throughout the entire play and her depiction was actually somewhat offensive to me. Mar 26, Mimi Grant rated it really liked it. I am cast in this play as Sherry.
Rehearsals will not start until summer. I am so excited and cannot wait to begin work on this production.
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I have to finish “West Side Story”, then “Distracted” will commence! Jan 03, Michael rated it really liked it. Matches the distress of ADHD with a distressing style. Interesting but the end trivializes the setup.
Sep 04, Sarah rated it liked it. Most of the story and ideas are good, but the ending might be a bit of a cop out Miranda Reilly rated it really liked it Jan 16, Maritza rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Ali Green rated it it was amazing Jul 05, Denise Villarreal rated it really liked it Jan 21, Emily rated it it was amazing Oct 25, Maureen Morley rated it it was amazing May 12, Melody rated it really liked it Apr 10, Shannon rated it really liked it Nov 27, Sara Townsend rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Sean Pollock rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Karen rated it really liked it Jul 16, Nicole rated it really liked it Nov 19, Hiram Alexander rated it really liked it Apr 03, Danielle rated it really liked it Losa 26, Sherida-jayne Glover rated it liked it Jul 15, Ross rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Katie rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Laura rated it liked it Jun 09, Mary rated it really liked it Jun 30, Molly rated it liked it Aug 01, Gsleepa rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Bella rated it did lolmer like it Oct 23, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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