How do the characters develop over the course of the play Water by the Spoonful?

In Water by the Spoonful, Elliot develops from being a broken war veteran into a man able to confront his biological mother, Odessa, about the ways she has wronged him. Odessa, on the other hand, regresses from a functioning role model making a difference for recovering drug addicts to being a drug addict herself.

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The first significant character to discuss is Elliot Ortiz, who is a war veteran suffering from intermittent spells of post-traumatic stress disorder and facing flashbacks of a man he killed during the war. He is now working at a Subway store and winds up having to confront his birth mother,...

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The first significant character to discuss is Elliot Ortiz, who is a war veteran suffering from intermittent spells of post-traumatic stress disorder and facing flashbacks of a man he killed during the war. He is now working at a Subway store and winds up having to confront his birth mother, Odessa, about her failure to make a financial contribution in the aftermath of her sister Ginny's death. This opens up a can of worms, and Elliot winds up developing by also standing up to his mother about the fact that her negligence had allowed his younger sister to die of the flu.

Odessa herself is another interesting character to examine. I would argue that she does not develop over the course of the play, but in fact regresses. She is a recovered heroin addict who manages an online messaging forum for other addicts under a pseudonym of "HaikuMom." She seems to have developed quite a rapport with some of the forum's members, encouraging them to be patient and sympathetic to the needs of others. She creates a safe space for all addicts to share their stories. After eventually surrendering her computer to her son with the intention of having him sell it to help pay for Ginny's funeral expenses, she relapses. Fountainhead, one of the contributors to her forum, winds up taking care of her.

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