Water By The Spoonful
  • Water By The Spoonful
  • Water By The Spoonful
ISBN: 1559364386
EAN13: 9781559364386
Language: English
Pages: 104
Dimensions: 0.3" H x 8.4" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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How many plays make us long for grace? Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Hudes is such a rare play; it is a yearning, funny, deeply sad and deeply lyrical piece, a worthy companion to Hudes's Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue. The play infects us with the urge to find connection within our families and communities and remains with us long after we've left the theater. -Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of How I Learned to Drive

Hudes's writing is controlled and graceful. Each of the play's 15 short scenes is perfectly balanced, the language both lyrical and lucid. -Richard Zoglin, Time

For a drama peopled by characters who have traveled a long way in the dark, Water by the Spoonful gives off a shimmering, sustaining warmth. Ms. Hudes writes with such empathy and vibrant humor about people helping one another to face down their demons that regeneration and renewal always seem to be just around the corner. -Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Water by the Spoonful is a rich, brilliant montage of American urban life that is as dazzling to watch as it is difficult to look away from (Associated Press).

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   Couldn't Connect
Water by the Spoonful '' caught my eye immediately because of its status as a Pulitzer Prize winner. Many of my favorite plays come from this pool, so I had high hopes. However, this play fell for me a little flat. Although the subject matter and the unique format are intriguing on their own, I could never connect to the characters really.
   Complex and satisfying
This play is a beautiful read. The characters are well-developed, each with human flaws, but a sense of hope surrounding each of them. This game explores relationships within a blood family as well as relationships within an online chat room family of recovering crack addicts. Each character struggles with the forgiveness of self and the forgiveness of others. At the end of the play, each character has to go down the road that is right for him, and the choice for each person varies depending on their own needs. It is a complex look at life that does not have the neat and tidy Disney ending, but ends in a way that is satisfactory. Most characters grow up and change as they face the situations of the play.
   Perfect in its own way
In the transitions from scene to scene, Quiara does a great job. The sorry is captivating, but abruptly ends at a point where the reader adds that you don 't want it to end. Out of the three scripts, they follow this story by The Spoonful, Water is the best. It does not require the reader or the viewer to have read the previous script. It touches on drug abuse, death and family.
   Wonderful, hard to visualize on the page
It relies on the conceit that the same set of charaters operate by different names on different sides of the stage, representing their everyday reality, the other their relationships on the internet under different names. I have not seen it, but I found it to be visual and like a film, it relies on complex metaphors to communicate its full meaning. It explores the bizarre discrepancies in our gregarious online lives and our lonely real lives in a way that seems deeply hopeful and counterintuitively real. The publication would benefit from photos or drawings that would help the reader to follow the characters in their different incarnations.
   A very interesting concept with the chatrooms and the changes ...
A very interesting concept with the chat rooms and changes of scenery. I hope to get a chance to see it some time soon, because I am curious to see how a director will handle the obvious challenges.
   For addicts
I loved it ''. A sponsor flies all the way to Tokyo to be there for a Sponsee. A sponsor with six years relapses, a newbie stays in the hospital with a day and then takes her to rehab. This was loved.
I love the characters and the cross of the internet world with real life. And definitely smiled when it was done. Well wrapped up.
   Five Stars
Very well written play with an interesting perspective on characters and the subject that it handles is very moving.