Dot OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 23, 2016
    Closing:
    March 20, 2016

    Theater: Vineyard Theatre / 108 East 15th Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Dot

    In ‘Dot,’ a Fading Matriarch Brings a Family Together

    Charles Isherwood

    February 23, 2016: One minute, Dotty’s eyes are clear, and her mind is as steely sharp as her tongue. A minute later, clouds seem to shroud those big, bright peepers, and she has the bewildered look of a toddler who’s lost track of her mother at the mall. Dotty (Marjorie Johnson), the widowed matriarch of a black middle-class family from Philadelphia, is 65, and although she mostly avoids directly admitting it to anyone — sometimes even to herself — she has Alzheimer’s. In Colman Domingo’s thoroughly entertaining comedy-drama “Dot,” Dotty’s failing mind becomes the focus of a fraught family gathering. The play, which opened on Tuesday at the Vineyard Theater, is an impressive advance for Mr. Domingo, also a gifted musical-theater performer, whose previous plays include the autobiographical “A Boy and His Soul” and “Wild With Happy.”

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