Ugly Lies the Bone OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 13, 2015
    Closing:
    December 6, 2015

    Theater: Roundabout Underground / 111 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Newly discharged soldier Jess (Mamie Gummer) has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of her three tours in Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. As Jess advances farther in the game, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Ugly Lies the Bone

    ‘Ugly Lies the Bone,’ With Mamie Gummer as a Combat Veteran

    Charles Isherwood

    October 13, 2015: It takes a brave playwright to saddle her work with the less than enticing title “Ugly Lies the Bone.” The play itself, about a severely wounded war veteran attempting to put together a new life, confirms that Lindsey Ferrentino is a writer of dauntless conviction. This bracing drama from the Roundabout Underground program, starring a superb Mamie Gummer as that damaged vet, confronts an achingly topical issue with hardheaded honesty and admirable compassion. Jess (Ms. Gummer) has returned to her Florida home from a third tour in Afghanistan, enduring intense pain from injuries and the many surgeries that followed. We can read how much she suffers, moment by moment, from the grimaces and winces that flicker across Ms. Gummer’s face. One leg almost permanently cramped, Jess uses a complicated walker to move around. The skin on the right side of her face has the mottled look of some kind of exotic fish, and she conceals her thin hair with a scarf; grafts cover large areas of her body as well, so she wears a bodysuit that extends down one arm.

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