by Scott McPherson
Marvin's Room is "one of the funniest plays of the year as well as one of the wisest and most moving", said the New York Times when the play opened Off Broadway in 1991. The words are as true today. How can a play about family, illness and death be so incredibly funny and so extraordinarily moving? It simply is.
Join the newly reunited sisters, Bessie who has chosen to care for Marvin, their elderly, ill father and their elderly, ill Aunt Ruth, and Lee, mother of two sons, one Hank, a disturbed teenager and Charlie, his younger brother. What brings them all together-Bessie's diagnosis of leukemia and the possibility that one of them may be a match for a transplant. A laugh a minute, right? Right! Because the playwright has an uncanny empathy and a fierce sense of humor, human frailty is revealed in an hilarious light. Marvin's Room is being presented as part of the 2012 URI Colloquium on healthcare: Healthcare Change? Health, Politics & Money. Marvin's Room won the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and the John Gassner Award for Best New American Play. Scott McPherson's original voice teaches us much about love.
Nov. 29-Dec. 2 & Dec. 6-9, 2012
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