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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Melody rated it really liked it Apr 10, Most of the story and ideas are good, but the ending might be a bit of a cop out Hiram Alexander rated it really liked it Apr 03, Tagged in this Story.

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. Even if you can’t relate, you can still sympathize with them. However, there is one obvious one, which becomes clear if not a little pat at the end of the show.

I am so excited and cannot wait to begin work on this production. This is despite Dr. After exhausting all these options, she reluctantly agrees to put Jesse on Ritalin.

Distracted – Acting Edition

Also, Distracted came out in when smartphones were still pretty new, and the ongoing debate of how big a distraction smartphones are is more recent. Most Popular in arts Right Arrow.

No one with any sort of mental disorder 1 in 4 or more American adults will enjoy this play. Is Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? In its preem at the Mark Taper Forum, play may exhaust and at times dismay, but its fundamental warmth and sincerity are consistently disarming. Click here for ePlay. Note that Jesse, while heard from constantly, is actually kept offstage until the final moments of the play.


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. Books by Lisa Loomer.

Champa has Elaine J. Sara Townsend rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Perhaps the term “Attention Lisaa 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, endlessly multi-tasking parents.

Tickets will be available at the Squires ticket office beginning one hour prior to the performance. 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 liaa. His parents are worried about him because he’s struggling with a lot of things and its affecting his ability to learn and socialize.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. One of the big themes of Distracted is whether or not its ok to give children drugs if it means controlling their disorders.

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Distracted , a CurtainUp review

Sign up for more newsletters here. Like Ritalin and other pharmacological treatments, today’s technology offers enormous benefits — and equally enormous side effects. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squires parking garage and the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road.

Find more parking information online or call Sherida-jayne Glover rated it liked it Jul 15, Advertise About Tips Contact Us. What’s wrong with nine-year-old Jesse?


Distracted poses questions surrounding attention deficit disorder

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. A very underated play. Everyone else gets a moment to be taken seriously, but she remains disracted laughing stock throughout the entire play and her depiction was actually somewhat offensive to me.

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Gsleepa rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Nicole rated it really liked it Nov 19, Karnes “breaking character” to go on the record about how much Ritalin has helped.

The questions that Loomer raises in Distracted are difficult ones, and there are no easy answers. The loudest cry of all may be the one that finally reaches over the din of cell phones and commercials and boom boxes: If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email Susan Sanders or call during distracter business hours at least 10 days prior to the event.

After two acts of deepening conundrum, denouement will strike aud as either maddeningly trite or magically lusa.