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A devastating look at the slow slide into dementia and it s effect on the afflicted and her family A stunning piece of theatre. (((FREE DOWNLOAD))) ↟ The Waverly Gallery ⇣ A powerful, poignant and often hilarious play, The Waverly Gallery follows the final years of a grandmother s battle against Alzheimer s disease The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson Inspired by Lonergan s own grandmother, it s an ode to an extraordinary woman, and to the humor and strength of a family in crisis Kenneth Lonergan once again shows himself to have one of the keenest ears of any working playwright Also the screenwirter of the deeply funny Analyze This, he s known for his incisive humor and brilliant knack for capturing the heart and soul of human interaction Simple, striking, lovely and powerful. This play is in NYC right now and received glowing reviews It centers on the family matriarch who runs an art gallery, but is slowly losing her mental faculties While I appreciated that the protagonist was a woman in her later years, at times, it felt like there were too many stereotypical tropes she cannot hear well, has a terrible memory and talks all the time whether people are interested or not The play could have doneto develop Gladys as a complex character worthy of our interest This play is in NYC right now and received glowing reviews It centers on the family matriarch who runs an art gallery, but is slowly losing her mental faculties While I appreciated that the protagonist was a woman in her later years, at times, it felt like there were too many stereotypical tropes she cannot hear well, has a terrible memory and talks all the time whether people are interested or not The play could have doneto develop Gladys as a complex character worthy of our interest not just our pity None of the other characters seemed super developed eitherthe daughter, a psychiatrist says that she will slit her wrists if her mom moves in with her even tho she seems to love her and hopes that her mom dies in her sleep The play is from 2000 and maybe we live inprogressive times now where we don t write off characters quiet so easily when they shed their former selves I wanted to like thisthan I did.but wonder if the performance of the play might have broughtof its sparkle to light This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I liked reading this playthan seeing the recent revival although Elaine May was OUTSTANDING as Gladys.Too many scenes fizzle at their end for me, especially the conclusion of Act I The playwright does capture beautiful an elderly woman s mental decline Sometimes his writing becomes too real for me and maybe a little too close to home The characters frustrations are palpable even when reading this. Plays are meant to be seen, not read, so it is probably best for me to wait and see the production next month starring Elaine May, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges and Joan Allen before rating it But in the meantime I give it four stars for its breezy dialogue, poignant moments and often hilarious scenes. Probably the highest rating I d give to a naturalistic play about a bourgeois, artistic New York Jewish family Daniel s monologues didn t work for me, but the scenes with Gladys beautifully infuse small moments of miscommunication with deeply felt sadness, and dread. Nothing makes you appreciate how precious life isthan someone who lived so much of it and can t remember any of it. Hard to read, and I imagine harder to watch. Sad look into a family dealing with the alzheimers of the matron of the family It was a play script so it was short As my family is dealing with this I am glad I read it.