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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Maritza rated it it was amazing Feb 17, The questions that Loomer raises in Distracted are difficult ones, and there are no easy answers.

It propels her into an endless loop of doctor appointments, clinic visits, parent-teacher conferences and backyard chats that lead to yet more doctor referrals.

This guy needs to speak for himself.

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Shannon rated it really liked it Nov 27, The solid cast, energetically directed by Disracted Foglia, is led by stalwart Rita Wilson as Mama, the concerned mother of nine-year-old Jesse Hudson Thameswhose incessant restlessness, anxiety, and high-pitched emotionalism are driving her, well, to distraction. After two acts of deepening conundrum, denouement will strike aud as either maddeningly trite or magically right. Trivia About Distracted – Acti Distracted – Acting Edition by Lisa Loomer.

The loudest cry of all may be the one that finally reaches over the din of cell phones and commercials and boom boxes: Jun 27, Kelly rated it liked it.


Lists with This Book. However, there is one obvious one, which becomes clear if not a little pat at the end of the show.

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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.

Jul 05, Kelsey rated it it was ok. What’s wrong with lusa Jesse?

Setup is as simple as the working-out is intricate: 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.

Miranda Reilly rated it really liked it Jan 16, Not one character is truly relatable, and the story is therefore difficult to care about. If having sex and drugs and swearing its appealing to younger audiences, then by that logic the Disney channel should be airing South Park and Family Guy while Cartoon Network airs porn.

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. Maureen Morley rated it it was amazing May 12, And Mama’s on a quest for answe When done right, its incredible.

Tagged in this Story. Jan 03, Michael rated it really liked it.


He can’t sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can’t get him into–or out of–pajamas. 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. Get Today’s Headlines in your inbox:.

It’s become nearly impossible to create any ljsa sense of peace and harmony when we’re constantly being bombarded with the visual and aural vulgarities of news reports, phone solicitations, pop-up ads, profanity-laden music, overtly sexual advertising, and neon-laced billboards.

Universal Access Toggle Universal Access. She consults a psychologist, a homeopath, a neuropsychologist, and an environmental physician. I’m going to address what the previous two said and explain what they don’t liss about Distracted.


Emily rated it it was amazing Oct 25, A very underated play. Oct 20, Briana rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Mama asks if having to take drugs makes kids depressed, and Dad even goes so far as to say he’ll divorce Mama if she continues to keep Jesse on drugs. Wilson rises to the demands of her role with aplomb. Making the kid the absolute center of attention after all?