"Tara Handron is a fabulous actor and playwright who really brings the issues of addiction and recovery to a dramatic light."
— Christopher Kennedy Lawford
"Any theatergoer can appreciate Handron and Brienza's skill at packing humor and theatricality into sociological observations."
— Washington Post
One-Woman Show Breaks Booze Taboos
By May Wilkerson — 6/21/2012
…Although "it's gotten better," Handron tells The Fix, "for a long time it's been taboo to be an active alcoholic, which prevents many women from seeking recovery." The media often depicts addiction in "black and white extremes," she notes—when in reality, addiction takes "so many different forms." Handron, who also works at the Caron Foundation in DC, compiled her characters based on the many women she's met and spoken with in the course of her work and her personal life…And she hopes the show will help people to see addiction "as a disease, an illness, not a moral deficiency."
Looking outside yourself to see you have a problem is an extremely difficult thing to deal with. And the road recovery is one paved with failures and hurt. This show is a bravely personal battle fought and won. Hope is a modern day warrior. I would like to thank her for sharing.
– Tony Bartolone
Drunk with Hope in Chicago
It’s difficult to not be skeptical about a one-woman show that includes only five chairs and a projector, but a few witty lines about boozing into Tara T. Handron’s stories of more than 20 female recovering alcoholics and all of my skepticism vanished a lot faster than any hangover. The performance moves swiftly through first-person accounts, based on D.C.-based Handron’s Georgetown thesis research on female alcoholics, and also explores the recovery process from the perspective of the feelings these women experience, including an exuberant cheerleader named Willingness who is sure to let you know “You’re F-U-C-K-E-D Fucked!” Handron’s ability to move from one character to another, and at times a few too many characters, was seamless and her deadpan comedic timing coupled with raw emotion drew the audience in closer as if the whole performance was one large AA meeting.
— Erin Delahanty
Picture by David M. Dworkin