Lisa Loomer’s ‘Distracted’? Attention must be paid

Stacy Fischer in Underground Railway Theater’s production of Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted.”
Stacy Fischer in Underground Railway Theater’s production of Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted.”Credit: A.R. Sinclair Photography

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In a narrow sense, Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted’’ is about a married couple’s frantic attempts to find the right treatment for their 9-year-old son after he is diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. But Loomer has broader satiric points to make about a more generalized form of cultural ADD, one that stems from our fixation on the large screens that surround us at home or work and the smaller screens that we carry around with us. The result of this self-inflicted sensory overload is familiar by now: a collective inability to focus on our lives even as we live them.

Have these points been made before? Obviously yes. But part of a playwright’s job is to give theatrical form to The Way We Live Now.

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