Saturday, April 26, 2014

INFORMED CONSENT @ Cleveland Play House

April 23-May 18 2014
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Bob Abelman

Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer and director Sean Daniels squeeze all the simultaneously disclosed science, personal crisis and philosophical debate into a beautifully woven, cleverly conceived and highly entertaining tapestry of storytelling. 

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.

Roy Berko

“Informed Consent” is a play for all theater-goers.  There is intellectual interest, mystery content, and humor, all rolled into one well-written script, which gets a superb staging!  This is a must see production!

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson
In the world premiere of "Informed Consent," the fact that genetic anthropologist Jillian violates the trust of the Havasupai tribe is more heartbreaking than her personal reason for doing so: She’s in a race against time to find a cure for early-onset Alzheimer’s. ...
This play presents a disconnect when it comes to Jillian’s family relationships, which don’t feel genuine: I never really bought into Jillian’s personal turmoil as she lives in fear of discovering her daughter, too, may have the Alzheimer’s gene.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Mark Horning

“Informed Consent” delves far deeper than the story of an overzealous scientist taking unauthorized advantage of a delicate spiritual situation.  It is a microcosm of the treatment of all native peoples at the hands of well meaning but misguided scholars who cannot see beyond the edge of their research.  See this play in order to learn and think.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Andrea Simakis

The seed of "Informed Consent," Deborah Zoe Laufer's drama about the promise and pitfalls of genetics research – thorny legal and moral issues that were unimaginable only a few years ago – was appropriately born using the most new-century of tools: Facebook.

To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit here.

Art Thomas

This play asks a loaded question: If humans are genetically 99% identical, what is it that defines us uniquely? There's lots of material for provocative discussion in the scrip, but there also are some clunky theatrical devices that struggle to unite the play's buckshot approach

Click here to read the complete review at WestLife