in a word

For Fiona, today is the two-year anniversary of her young son’s disappearance. And still, nothing makes sense. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. But when her son’s case is on the brink of being declared “cold,” Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece. in a word...
For Fiona, today is the two-year anniversary of her young son’s disappearance. And still, nothing makes sense. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. But when her son’s case is on the brink of being declared “cold,” Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece. in a word chronicles Fiona’s attempts to make sense of the past, as grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.
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in a word

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  • Jelisa Jay Robinson:
    13 Apr. 2020
    This play tugs on the heart strings and offers a front seat into the reality of grief. The play on words, scene shifts and use of flashback serve the story well. But it's the characters and their unfolding realities that kept me on the edge of my seat.
  • Miriam BC Tobin:
    20 Apr. 2018
    I love the poetic cadence the dialogue has in this play. Yee's use of repetition helps the story unwind in a really elegant way, revealing a brutally sad story that is also full of heart and humor.
  • Cassandra Rose:
    3 Apr. 2018
    I saw this in Chicago at Strawdog a few years ago and was immediately struck by this play's command of language and willingness to go to uncomfortable places. Sometimes there isn't justice; sometimes it's just us. Highly recommend!

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Strawdog Theatre Company
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    The Hub Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    San Francisco Playhouse
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Cleveland Public Theatre
    ,
    2015