An ailing mother and her teenaged son flee Illinois and a crumbling marriage for the relative calm and safety of a midtown Manhattan hotel. Mom holds tickets to a popular musical about love among bohemians. Her son isn’t interested, so Mom takes the kindly cabdriver instead, while the boy entertains a visitor from down the hall, an enigmatic, potentially dangerous young woman.
Kindness is a play about the possibility for sympathy in a harsh world and the meaning of mercy in the face of devastating circumstances.
By Adam Rapp
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“Compelling. A well-crafted mini-thriller, which keeps you in suspense until the final blackout.” – New York Daily News
“Rapp has raised some provocative questions about the prickly mother/son relationship he has drawn in such detail.” – Variety
“4 stars! Pungent, vivid…Rapp finds a gentle approach to his characters’ physical and emotional pain without turning sentimental. His playful side is on display too.” – Time Out New York
“Adam Rapp can write dense, tense, funny dialogue.” – The New York Times
“A taut and involving dark comedy. Hilarious and unsettling.” – TheatreMania.com