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.
"Compelling. A well-crafted mini-thriller, which keeps you in suspense until the final blackout." - New York Daily News, Read More
"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, Read More
"Adam Rapp can write dense, tense, funny dialogue." - The New York Times
"A taut and involving dark comedy. Hilarious and unsettling." - TheatreMania.com, Read More
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: A midtown Manhattan motel room.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
MARYANNE - late forites, Dennis' mother
HERMAN - African-American, mid fifties
FRANCES - a young woman
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
Kindness premiered at Playwrights Horizons, New York City in 2008 under the direction of Adam Rapp.