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Advice on Sibling and Family Dynamics

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They're Your Parents, Too! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parent' Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy - by Francine Russo   Amazon | Borders | Barnes & Noble
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“...a stunning book about one of the most complex but ignored times of human transition... unique in the field of close relationships…"


Pauline Boss,  Author, Ambiguous Loss (Harvard University Press) 

"...Not to be missed ...More than a how-to book, this groundbreaking work illuminates a difficult stage of life..."

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Need a good laugh? Rush to see this play—about one family (just like yours) going (hilariously) at each other over a dying parent

Why it's called Hanky Panky, I don't know, but this dark Comedy by Vicki Vodrey out of Kansas City, is on for a few more nights in New York as part of the Midtown Inernational Theatre Festival (MITF): Sun July 24 at 8:00 pm and Tuesday July 26 at 8:00 pm at the Main Stage Theatre at TBG Arts Center (312 W 36th Street, 4th floor W) Call 866 811 4111 or at www.midtownfestival.org

You've seen it. You've been there. The family gathers in the hospital or hospice room around the dying parent. No one knows how to act. Everyone acts out. Old history bursts forth like spring weeds. The dysfunctional younger brother gets drunk. The uptight over-responsible older sister excoriates the others. The inlaws are clueless or trying to run the show. And the poor hospice workers are caught in the middle.

The playwright gets it just right...including the fear and pathos that is driving all the shenanigans. Richard  Dines directs at a headlong pace, and the cast is right on. Funny, funny, funny...and then it strikes at the heart.

Francine Russo



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I didn't get to see this play but I've read a lot of reviews about it. And after reading your post, I'd like to have a chance to watch it even more.
I hope there will be a re-run.

October 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMedicare Enrollment Advice

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