THE WAY OF THE CARDS
The Way Of The Cards is a new play by Aradhana Tiwari. It received a staged reading at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in September of 2010. Tiwari subsequently traveled to Las Vegas to begin the rewriting and editing process receiving special permission from The MGM Grand to write in their poker room. In April of 2012 The Way Of The Cards made it’s fully produced debut at Orlando Shakespeare Theater where it was well received by audiences and critics.
Tiwari has a good hand with characterization; her actors sound like different people, yet alike enough to be recognizable as family. She can turn an evocative phrase, too — Sass remarks that the riverboat where she gambles smells like “cheap cigars and watered-down booze.” – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel Theater Critic Click To Read Full Review
Tiwari’s show has a pile of chips stacked in its favor…Non-players may find some of the poker patois a foreign language, but the lingo lends poetry. -Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly Theater Critic Click To Read Full Review
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The story is structured around a single hand of Texas Hold ’em. Each stage of the poker hand parallels a scene in this tale about a dysfunctional family struggling to survive debt and death.
Meet Tip, who needs to teach cards in order to relay the most cataclysmic hand of his life. His mother, “Sass” Arlington, may have been the “First Lady Of The Vegas Strip” at one point in her poker career, but now she is simply a tired hack who plays on a riverboat. – Orlando Theater Blog
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