Is this a subject that translates well to the art of drama? It can if the author achieves the difficult balance of getting enough distance to process the experience with an almost brutal honesty that translates into dramatic action so that the audience is moved emotionally.
As someone who is taking care of a 90-year-old mom, I was ready to be moved to laughter and tears, but first I needed to empathize with the characters and that didn’t happen. The main problem was that Diana never seemed to change. From the beginning of the play, when her mother was still in good shape, Diana set certain limits of how far she was willing to go to help her mother, including never letting her mother live with her. She never budged from these limits no matter how her mother begged her to bring her home from the healthcare facility she was in.
I realize we all have our limitations when it comes to taking care of a sick parent, but it’s a daily battle that we wage with our own strengths and weaknesses, and there was no evidence of that battle going on in Diana or Josh’s character. Without that struggle with their own compassion and humanity, the play simply lacked the drama needed to really touch the audience.
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