Micro-Review #105: The Waverly Gallery

by Kenneth Lonergan

This “memory play” follows the last years in the life of Gladys, a Greenwich Village art gallery owner who is dying slowly of Alzheimer’s disease. While Gladys falters, her children are left to deal with a growing sense of helplessness. Grandson Daniel guides us through the journey with an honest perspective and not a little humor. This isn’t a dirge. The subject matter is tragic, but the play is actually a celebration of human strength, a beautiful depiction of a woman who, in her own understated way, rages against the dying of the light. Everyone over 50 (and under 50, for that matter) should read it.

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