Unraveled

Critics

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Reviews: 5

Audience

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Reviews: 1

Collaborative Artists Ensemble is proud to present the West Coast Premiere of Unraveled. Joy is a professor of physics and philosophy, who has spent her life exploring theories of space and time. None of that has prepared her for the reality of watching cancer unravel her mother’s mind and body. As the hard work of care-taking begins to take its toll, she hires Anna, a hospice nurse, to help her mother. But when the rules of space and time no longer provide Joy the answers she needs, can Anna's simple lessons of how to care for another person help Joy knit the pieces of her life together again?

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“Unraveled” is a heart-breaking journey through one woman’s story of coping with her beloved mother's particular unravelling. It’s not at all as obvious as it might sound. There is madness of course, but the mother's mind is affected by cancer treatment, and her decline is clinical as well as emotional. The daughter, however, her unravelling is far more of a direct result of her environment, her inability to face her mother's death and an inmate need to control everything…sound familiar? ... How very clever of this brilliant playwright, Jennifer Blackmer, to have her heroine be a physicist and one who studies time. It gives such a perfect excuse to have us all traveling back and forth through her life, like stepping in and out of the folds of her memories.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Dan Berkowitz

"Unraveled" is an intimate show, done in an intimate space, studiously avoiding flamboyance in an attempt to make an audience think rather than simply gape in awe. That’s a rare pursuit these days, but perhaps it should happen more.

sweet - Dan Berkowitz - The Los Angeles Post - ...read full review


Mike Reyes - Mike Check

​Unraveled is a heartbreaking moving story filled with an emotionally gripping intensity. Centered around the love of a Mother and Daughter it​ This beautiful, heavy story opens its arms to you and gives you that long-sought-after hug you didn't know you were asking for.

sweet - Mike Reyes - Mike Check - ...read full review


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Director Steve Jarrard shows great empathy for Blackmer's story.  It's evident that the level of experience of each of the cast members varies considerably.

sweet-sour - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


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In Unraveled, Blackmer writes of what is unquestionably one of the most agonizing experiences a person is ever faced with enduring: the loss of a loved one to disease and dementia.

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


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The most entertaining part of the evening was when Bruce Katzman tried to throw my six friends who had driven 2hrs to see Carolyn crotty in the play out of the after party. Someone should tell him he doesn't own the theatre. Bravo Carolyn.

sour - Ronald Kolodziej


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“Unraveled” is a heart-breaking journey through one woman’s story of coping with her beloved mother's particular unravelling. It’s not at all as obvious as it might sound. There is madness of course, but the mother's mind is affected by cancer treatment, and her decline is clinical as well as emotional. The daughter, however, her unravelling is far more of a direct result of her environment, her inability to face her mother's death and an inmate need to control everything…sound familiar? ... How very clever of this brilliant playwright, Jennifer Blackmer, to have her heroine be a physicist and one who studies time. It gives such a perfect excuse to have us all traveling back and forth through her life, like stepping in and out of the folds of her memories.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Dan Berkowitz

"Unraveled" is an intimate show, done in an intimate space, studiously avoiding flamboyance in an attempt to make an audience think rather than simply gape in awe. That’s a rare pursuit these days, but perhaps it should happen more.

sweet - Dan Berkowitz - The Los Angeles Post - ...read full review


Mike Reyes - Mike Check

​Unraveled is a heartbreaking moving story filled with an emotionally gripping intensity. Centered around the love of a Mother and Daughter it​ This beautiful, heavy story opens its arms to you and gives you that long-sought-after hug you didn't know you were asking for.

sweet - Mike Reyes - Mike Check - ...read full review


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Director Steve Jarrard shows great empathy for Blackmer's story.  It's evident that the level of experience of each of the cast members varies considerably.

sweet-sour - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


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In Unraveled, Blackmer writes of what is unquestionably one of the most agonizing experiences a person is ever faced with enduring: the loss of a loved one to disease and dementia.

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


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The most entertaining part of the evening was when Bruce Katzman tried to throw my six friends who had driven 2hrs to see Carolyn crotty in the play out of the after party. Someone should tell him he doesn't own the theatre. Bravo Carolyn.

sour - Ronald Kolodziej