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"...quietly devastating..." "scenes that are full of the suppressed rage and tedium that infuse the characters' lives, and that are scraped clean of any hint of sentimentality."
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"subtly powerful play" "a remarkable voyage"
Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Reader

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Taking Care

Roslyn Alexander and Guy van Swearingen, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 2003; directed by Tim Hopper; photo by Michael Brosilow

Roslyn Alexander and Guy van Swearingen, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 2003; directed by Tim Hopper; photo by Michael Brosilow

Roslyn Alexander, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 2003; directed by Tim Hopper; photo by Michael Brosilow

Roslyn Alexander and Guy van Swearingen, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 2003; directed by Tim Hopper; photo by Michael Brosilow

TAKING CARE chronicles the last years of an elderly woman and the mentally ill adult son who has lived with her for almost three decades.

Stuck in a cramped, one-bedroom apartment, Ma and Benny have spent much of the past thirty years pretending the other wasn't there. Now that the old woman is more or less house-bound, she foists conversation upon her unwilling son and threatens to institutionalize him if he doesn't clean up his act and start behaving more responsibly.

When she breaks her hip, Ma convinces her alienated daughters that their brother is well enough to look after her in her "recovery." Realizing that failure to do so could result in institutionalization for both them, Benny tries to rise to the occasion and care for his mother, even as she begins a quick decent into dementia. His new responsibilities test his limited capabilities and force mother and son to forge new bonds in the waning days of her life.

Cast: 1 man, 1 woman

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"...as an act of play writing and theatre it is remarkable, if not brilliant."
Jack Helbig; Daily Herald