The Outgoing Tide, a poignant play presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company March 23 through April 22, is set along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, but the tide in its title also refers to the ebbs and flows of human lives.
It’s about feeling lost at sea, even when in familiar surroundings. The central character, an elderly man named Gunner, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. While not entirely lucid, he’s still got some of his wits about him.
Gunner knows he’s losing his mind and he wants to decide how he’ll live out his last days. His unconventional plan does not involve suffering through a progressively debilitating disease.
But there are loved ones involved — a wife and son — who also play a role in the end-of-life decision. As the plot makes clear, they’ve all got emotional baggage to unpack.
Written by acclaimed playwright Bruce Graham, The Outgoing Tide views a somber topic with dark humor and profound emotion. Graham, who teaches film and theatre courses at Drexel, has scored a host of accolades including Barrymore and Drama Desk Awards.
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Philadelphia Theatre Company’s The Outgoing Tide
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets
When: March 23-April 22
More info: www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org