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From beginning to end, "Music From Down the Hill" feels bizarrely inhibited and stilted. Although the two inmates are allowed several moments of genuine eloquence, they talk with the poetic self-consciousness of women who read too much Sylvia Plath. Describing her session with a psychiatrist, Claire speaks of mistrusting the doctor's smile because it is like her mother's smile, "all needles and pricks.
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Both, we are led to believe, are potentially dangerous women, capable of fierce acts of violence, self-inflicted and otherwise. But even though one of them does try to amputate her own fingers and both are given some wildly gymnastic leaps and dances, neither exudes much sense of menace or feral energy.
As directed by Terence Lamude, Ms. Cuervo -- who does project a hauntingly hollowed-out presence -- and Ms. White give very controlled, carefully enunciated performances that more often suggest clinical annotations of case histories than the troubled lives behind them.
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This is a shame, since, for this leaden material to fly, the play actually needs the kind of fearless, over-the-top acting that Susan Sarandon and Eileen Brennan delivered in comic terms in "White Chicks. Noonan's basic, fairly simplistic point here seems to be about the need to escape from escapism and to realize, as one of the women says toward the play's end, that life "is bigger than rock 'n' roll. But as the play unfolds, it becomes thunderingly clear that one lies, the other doesn't; one is an emotional cripple, the other is ultimately a healer.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. I purchased this book for my son to help him battle his addiction. He read it cover to cover more than once. He also gave it to his girlfriend. Unfortunately, to my deepest grief and sorrow, he passed away 3 days ago. Heroin is the strongest hold over someone's body chemistry. Some people may be able to beat it, but unfortunately for many like my son, it isn't possible. I urge people to read this book because he told me that from the first page he was interested because he could relate to the author's life and experiences.
So, with my son's recommendation, buy this book to help. I learned SO much in just the first chapter how better to deal with my suffering "person" and I am gaining skills, insights and tools as well. Highly recommend.
Highly readable as well. One person found this helpful. Ordered this book as a gift for a recovering heroin addict. It has helped that person so much, and does focus on the 12 steps, along with important advice about how to avoid relapse. An excellent book on a real difficult topic.
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