UNITED STATES OF AL used humor to examine and dig deeper into the growing number of people who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks in today’s society. 

Al (Adhir Kalyan) has way too much on his plate, and he has begun fainting from time to time to release the stress. He is embarrassed and won’t admit something is wrong. He is told he needs to see a therapist and talk. Al feels he is losing his mind and remembering too much about his former life living under the Taliban. 

It is a serious topic for many Americans. How do we handle and process our everyday lives? How can we deal with the baggage we carry on our shoulders? There are no clear-cut answers. It is a choice millions must decide for themselves. The writers nailed it. Debate, denial, and recognizing we all need help from time to time. The entire ensemble was there for Al and his dilemma. 

UNITED STATES OF AL constantly sheds light on topics most of us would like to keep in the dark. It is what this series does best with grace, class, and dignity.  

It is available to stream on CBS/Paramount+ Television.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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