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In play about dementia and Alzheimer’s, a last chance to make things right

Anyone who has watched a loved one develop Alzheimer’s disease will recognize the inexorable, step-by-step decline of a woman named Helen in “Absence,’’ a wrenching drama by Brighton playwright Peter M. Floyd.

Floyd’s play, which debuted last year at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and will soon be produced in Norway, reflects the emergence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as topics of drama on area stages, part of a wider cultural reckoning — films, books, TV shows — with memory-stealing brain disorders whose impact is being felt in more and more homes.

Read more on the Boston Globe website.