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Water by the Spoonful - Off-Broadway

Second Stage presents Quiara Alegria Hudes' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.


What Is the Story of Water by the Spoonful?
Young Iraq war veteran Elliot, who has returned home to Philadelphia, discovers that his beloved aunt (who served as his adoptive mother and the "rock" of their Puerto Rican family) has died. In a parallel plotline, Odesssa, known online as "Haiku Mom," is the moderator of an internet support group for a lively collection of recovering crack addicts. Elliot and Odessa's storylines eventually intersect in ways that are both moving and haunting, as both face their past failures and search for a happier future.

Should I See It?

What Is Water by the Spoonful Like?
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Quiara Alegris Hudes' play is gripping and frequently very funny, with a colorful ensemble of memorable characters. Featuring innovative direction by Davis McCallum, Water by the Spoonful transforms the Second Stage Theatre into Odessa’s online chat room, where recovering addicts share their deepest secrets without meeting face-to-face. The play offers a poetic look into the lives of a variety of people coping with being estranged from their families while searching for meaning and connection in their lives.

Is Water by the Spoonful Good For Kids?
No. Water by the Spoonful contains harsh language and depictions of drug use. Older teens may enjoy the production, but the adult themes in Water by the Spoonful are likely to go right over young children’s heads.