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May 06, 2016


Alan Buxbaum

The entire theme of the play rests on Amanda's refusal to see Laura as she is. Laura walks with a slight limp, which Amanda calls a "slight defect." At one point, she even refers to it as an "asset." Laura is handicapped emotionally because she exaggerates her condition. Having her played by someone in a wheelchair, no matter how good an actor she is, negates that premise. Laura's being in a wheelchair makes much of the play ludicrous. There are many roles in which a wheelchair bound actor would be perfectly acceptable, but the role of Laura is just not one of them.

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