Distracted. Lisa Loomer. Author bio(s). ISBN: Full Length Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they’re breaking character! A hilarious. Distracted, the new socially conscious dramedy from Lisa Loomer now receiving its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum, is largely about. In a narrow sense, Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted” is about a married It was as if he had stepped out of Loomer’s script, a living illustration of her.

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That is as far from the truth as you can get. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Melody rated it really liked it Apr 10, My main complained is that I think the Dad character really got off easy, a little unsatisfying I think. This overwhelming world, which can suddenly become still, comments on the lives of Mama, Dad, and Jesse, and on the medical community that insists that drugs Moreover, all the asides to the audience especially by Pinchot become distracting to the point of near annoyance; and by now we’ve already gotten the point — repeatedly.

Everyone else gets a moment to be taken seriously, but she remains the laughing stock throughout the entire play and her depiction was actually somewhat offensive to me. Fearful that Jesse may have Attention Deficit Disorder or the more politically-correct ADHD, which includes hyperactivityMama dives into research mode, reading books and medical reports, talking to psychologists and psychiatrists many played in varying degrees of outrageousness by Bronson Pinchotexploring biofeedback and homeopathy, and checking out clinics.

My biggest complaint was with the character with OCD. Also, Distracted came out in when smartphones were still pretty new, and the ongoing debate of how big a distraction smartphones are is more recent.

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Essentially a play about the complexity of raising a child with ADHD. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jesse’s babysitter, the fourteen-year-old Natalie Distractted Huntonfor example, cuts herself so that she can “feel something. Throughout, Jesse is an offstage voice, becoming louder and angrier, but he is in danger of fading away.


Medication is seen as a detriment and a cause for more problems, such as when Jesse in Act Two is described as “rather like a zombie” or when he says “It makes me feel like I’ve got bugs inside! It’s implied that the panic attack he has about the fire drill is a direct result of the drugs and not part of his condition that was heightened by them, as the doctor explains is common. Sara Townsend rated it it was disfracted Dec 02, Loomerr by Lisa Loomer.

Like Living Outwhich explored race, class, and nannies in liberal America, Distracted is a clever sociopolitical satire that plays out against the background of the middle-class, left-leaning family. Matches the distress looner ADHD with a distressing disrracted. Distracted is about a child struggling with adhd and ged and how his parents are trying to help him but debate with themselves if what they’re doing is the right thing.

I am so excited and cannot wait to begin work on this production. Now Published Musicals Pulitzer Winners. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. When do we need to lisq to drugs and at what cost?

Jul 05, Kelsey rated it it was ok. His teacher thinks it’s Attention Deficit Disorder. Interspersed amongst them are shots of kitchen utensils, rows of schoolbooks, Impressionist paintings, and picket-fenced front yards that help define locations in her sterile, multi-leveled set. Miranda Reilly rated it really liked it Jan 16, The result of this self-inflicted sensory overload is familiar by now: Forged from a partnership between a scripy press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

He says that none of the characters are relatable and he’s right, in the same way that nazis can’t relate to a movie about a group of jews during the Holocaust. Be the first to ask a question about Distracted – Acting Edition. And Mama’s on a quest for answe He doesn’t do it to be funny, he does it because his adhd gives him poor impulse control.

The end of this play seems to imply that attention and love ilsa two caring parents is enough to solve any problems caused by mental illness which is empirically not the case. And he says its inaccurate, which I can say as someone who basically went through everything loomerr happens when I was Jesse’s age, is just not true.


Katie rated it it sript amazing Oct 21, Distracted is an amazing show when its done right.

Loomer’s ‘Distracted’? Attention must be paid

Its funny and thought provoking and can be enjoyed by anyone who doesn’t have the IQ of a brain dead duck who’s had a whole frontal lobotomy and just smoked a pound of weed. Denise Villarreal rated it really liked it Jan 21, Dramatist’s Loojer Service Publication Date: While smart and creative, Jesse is clearly a hyperactive handful.

But Loomer has broader satiric points to make about a more generalized form of cultural ADD, one that stems from our fixation on the large screens that surround us at home or work and the smaller screens that we carry around with us.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Something that clearly doesn’t apply to some people.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lots of breaking the 4th wall, which I like but might not have universal appeal.

Misses the point entirely by not having smartphones play a role – should be updated for if anyone wants to put on a production, though I don’t know why you would. A very underated play. Like Ritalin and other pharmacological treatments, today’s technology offers enormous benefits — and equally enormous side effects.

Laura rated it liked it Jun 09, Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Lisa Loomer’s newest play at the Taper follows in the footsteps of her earlier work and contains many of the same elements. He also has generalized anxiety disorder.

Another thing he says is that anyone with a mental disorder won’t enjoy it. Dowling snipes about a high-strung mutual acquaintance.