By Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer CLEVELAND, Ohio - During a rehearsal for the new play "How to Be a Respectable Junkie," which opened at Dobama Theatre this weekend, a couple sat in the audience watching actor Christopher Bohan as the junkie.
One casualty was their son, who died from taking heroin laced with fentanyl, the powerful synthetic painkiller that deep-sixed Prince.
If they die, who cares?' But Greg said, 'Educate me.' " Vovos modeled this second heroin play on Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." Instead of a Stage Manager introducing audiences to the lives of people living in a bucolic American hamlet, "Well Beings" featured residents as heroin addicts, with a gravedigger presiding over the cemetery that small-town America has become.
After the first public reading of "How to Be a Respectable Junkie," Chris Bohan, who plays Brian, the desperate addict making a video in his mom's basement, chatted with members of the audience, including a tall, rangy guy.
One of the man's other clients, a musician, was standing on his balcony, threatening to jump.