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Body Awareness: New Play by Annie Baker Speaks to Asperger's

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:10pm

I've said before that I'm no film critic and now I'll say that I'm no theatre critic, but I will say that I really loved Annie Baker's new play at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York.  Body Awareness is about many things, including our conflicts about gender and bodies, and the craziness that goes on at Colleges and Universities when academics wrestle with these issues.  Intertwined in that mix is a story of the struggles of a young man with Asperger's Syndrome who tries to make sense of the world of sex and family and relationships.  While the New York Times focused on the playwright and the play's origins, I'm more interested in saying something about how wonderfully the issue of Asperger's in families was handled.  Not only is the pain of family existence palpable, but you also get a strong sense of hope and possibilities, all with a touching sense of humor.  The young man with Asperger's seemed so real, and not to sound corny, but I really did laugh and cry.  If you are in the New York area, please check it out and let me know if you agree.

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