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Accelerando Comedy/Satire; Romance 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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This romantic comedy employs twelve scenes to reveal a relationship that spans an entire nighttime, because: A) with the way the world is speeding up nowadays, a nighttime is really what a lifetime used to be; B) HE's busy, and; C) SHE's in a rush. HE is a classical musician and filmmaker who lives for Art. SHE is a dancer determined to find Love. (The audience will ultimately be asked to vote on which is more important.) Other obstacles are their Mothers (Puerto Rican and WASP), who appear in dreams, or when reason takes a walk or a giant leap, leaving the door open for all mothers…And Fathers, who appear as slides—not quite flesh and blood, but still able to have left an impression. A live musician accompanies all the fun.

"To a classical musician, 'accelerando' means speed it up, but only in music, not in life. The word holds richer potency for a ballet dancer recovering from a broken foot, intent on finding true love by dawn on this particular New Year's Eve…Lisa Loomer's delightfully kinky romantic comedy ACCELERANDO…is inventive and absorbing…His mystical approach to life…bounces joyfully off her matter-of-fact belief in the romantic power of legal bonding." —Los Angleles Times. "Lisa Loomer's ACCELERANDO…puts a refreshing new spin on the familiar theme of looking for love in all the wrong (or possibly right) places…[the] Author's gift is an ability to treat her subject and subjects sympathetically while at the same time sticking them with keenly honed comic barbs." —Variety. "ACCELERANDO…is a carefree, unconventional and funny play." —Drama-Logue.   

Distracted Comedy/Satire; Drama 8 (3m, 5f) View Details Compare
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What's wrong with nine-year-old Jesse? He can't sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can't get him into—or out of—pajamas. His teacher thinks it's Attention Deficit Disorder. Dad says, "He's just a boy!" And Mama's on a quest for answers. Is Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? Don't we all have ADD, to some degree? She consults a psychologist, a homeopath, a neuropsychologist, and an environmental physician. She talks to neighbors, whose kids have their own diagnoses. A psychiatrist prescribes Ritalin for Jesse, but surely a pill can't solve all of his problems. Throughout, Jesse is an offstage voice, becoming louder and angrier, but he is in danger of fading away. And his parents' marriage is in peril. Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they're breaking character! A hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we've tuned out what really matters?

"A smartly comic, sharply observant and surprisingly humane play." —Associated Presss. "A chronically entertaining comedy." —New York Daily News. "Five stars. My favorite comedy of the year!" —Time Out NY.     

Expecting Isabel Comedy/Satire 8 (3m, 5f) View Details Compare
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EXPECTING ISABEL is a comedy about the adventures of a New York couple trying to have a baby—by any means necessary. Their difficulties in conceiving lead them on an "Alice in Wonderland-esque" odyssey through the booming baby business as they negotiate the fertility trade, the adoption industry and their own families.

"…Lisa Loomer uses laughter to soothe the ache of infertility…Anyone who scores this many good-sized laughs in her protagonist's opening remarks to the audience knows what she's doing…Loomer has crafted a savvy comedy…" —LA Times. "…humorous and extremely well-researched…a tart tour of the emotional horrors that can come with trying to make a miracle…Loomer wants you to listen to her front-line report, and comedy is her bait." —Washington Times. "…[an] intriguing new play…It's a tragicomic story that's painfully familiar to a distressingly large number of people…germane and deeply affecting…" —Orange County Register. "…a sweet and very knowing story…keen satire on the fertility industry and the extreme lengths to which some people will go…" —LA Life.     

Living Out Comedy/Satire; Drama 8 (2m, 6f) View Details Compare
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LIVING OUT tells the story of the complicated relationship between a Salvadoran nanny and the Anglo lawyer she works for. Both women are smart, hard-working mothers. Both want better lives for their children. The play explores what is the shared humanity between them…and what are the differences wrought by race, class and Ana's illegal status. Through Ana, we understand what it means to leave a child in another country to come here, and the potential cost of sacrificing one's own child in order to care for someone else's. Through Nancy, we understand the pressure on women today to "do it all" and the cost of making that choice. The play also looks at the prejudices and misconceptions between Anglos and Latinos. How do we make someone "the other"? What is the cost of doing so? The play is both outrageously funny and ultimately tragic.

"A stellar new play. Searingly funny. Flawless direction." —The New Yorker. "Both generous and merciless, equally enjoyable and disturbing." —NY Newsday. "A bitingly funny new comedy. The plight of working mothers is explored from two pointedly contrasting perspectives in this sympathetic, sensitive new play." —Variety. "A splendid and thought-provoking slice of life. LIVING OUT manages to achieve in this production a specifically theatrical energy." —NY Post. "Extraordinary. LIVING OUT isn't just engrossing, it's important." —NY Sun. "Lisa Loomer knows how to make a thousand precisely rendered details add up to a devastatingly big picture." —Wall Street Journal.    

Motherhood Out Loud Comedy/Satire 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical event. Utterly unpredictable, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD reveals with illuminating insight the humour, raw emotions and rocky roads we experience in life.

Waiting Room, The Comedy/Satire; Drama 11 (7m, 4f) View Details Compare
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor's waiting room. Forgiveness From Heaven is an eighteenth-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is a nineteenth-century tightly corsetted English woman suffering from what is commonly known as "hysteria." Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with her silicone breasts. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. The play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

"THE WAITING ROOM…is a bold, risky melange of conflicting elements that is…terrifically moving…There's no resisting the fierce emotional pull of the play." —NY Times. "THE WAITING ROOM is also one of the most adventurous productions to open Off-Broadway (or on) so far this season…THE WAITING ROOM invigorates as it astonishes. How did Ms. Loomer…ever come up with a piece that's so crazy, so brutal, so logical and so satisfying? For that matter, when was the last time any play moved you enough to ask that question?" —NY Times. "Lisa Loomer's funny-sad THE WAITING ROOM sounds like a feminist polemic but plays like first-rate comedy and drama…it's now one of the high points of this year's Off-Broadway season…Loomer's writing is never pedantic and always lively…THE WAITING ROOM is well worth a visit." —BackStage.    

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