A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City,

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Sitting bedside at Memorial Sloan Kettering has never been so entertaining. While their ailing mothers share a hospital room, Karla and Don discover truth in the old cliché that opposites attract…and repel…and attract.

Reviews

Cynthia Citron

Only it isn't very funny. It involves a ditzy stand-up comic who never stops talking and a scruffy-looking man who wants only to sit quietly and read his New Yorker. They are inhabiting the shared hospital room of their mothers, who are both dying of cancer.Karla's comedy deals almost exclusively with sex and as the play opens she is rhapsodizing about her vibrator, even though her mother, Marcie (JoBeth Williams) is asleep and unresponsive for the first two/thirds of the play. In the other bed Don's mother (Eileen T'Kaye) lies comatose and only wakes up to die. Finally Karla's mother, Marcie, wakes up and begins to attack her daughter unmercifully. She is cruel and sarcastic, but she does have some funny lines. Karla and Don eventually stop hollering at each other, but you know their relationship, if they have one, is bound to remain dysfunctional.

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Cynthia Citron

Only it isn't very funny. It involves a ditzy stand-up comic who never stops talking and a scruffy-looking man who wants only to sit quietly and read his New Yorker. They are inhabiting the shared hospital room of their mothers, who are both dying of cancer.Karla's comedy deals almost exclusively with sex and as the play opens she is rhapsodizing about her vibrator, even though her mother, Marcie (JoBeth Williams) is asleep and unresponsive for the first two/thirds of the play. In the other bed Don's mother (Eileen T'Kaye) lies comatose and only wakes up to die.

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Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Some people will obviously be deeply offended by Halley Feiffer's twisted sense of inherited humor, but anyone who has ever faced a long hospital stay or dealt with catastrophic illness personally or caring for a loved one—or if you've worked in a hospital where gallows humor runs rampant to erase the tensions and potential heartache—will enjoy her hilariously dark play with an appreciation and understanding others cannot. And as the civilized world crumples and burns around us, a little bit of Feiffer's off-kilter and wacky yet sophisticated Duck Soupian humor could not be more welcome.

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Rob Stevens

I must confess I did not laugh once ...It was 90 minutes of sheer hell that no amount of chocolate could assuage. The thing is, despite its title, the Halley Feiffer play is billed as a romantic comedy.

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Shari Barrett

I do hope the comedy's title will not keep away those who have been through such trying times, although I do fear that will be the case since watching a loved one deal with cancer is never a pleasant experience. I would encourage you to remember the emotional support you received from others going through the same experience and allow yourself to laugh at the shenanigans Karla and Don share as they learn to turn to each other to make an unbearable situation work out in their favor.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

Only it isn't very funny. It involves a ditzy stand-up comic who never stops talking and a scruffy-looking man who wants only to sit quietly and read his New Yorker. They are inhabiting the shared hospital room of their mothers, who are both dying of cancer.Karla's comedy deals almost exclusively with sex and as the play opens she is rhapsodizing about her vibrator, even though her mother, Marcie (JoBeth Williams) is asleep and unresponsive for the first two/thirds of the play. In the other bed Don's mother (Eileen T'Kaye) lies comatose and only wakes up to die. Finally Karla's mother, Marcie, wakes up and begins to attack her daughter unmercifully. She is cruel and sarcastic, but she does have some funny lines. Karla and Don eventually stop hollering at each other, but you know their relationship, if they have one, is bound to remain dysfunctional.

sweet-sour - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

Only it isn't very funny. It involves a ditzy stand-up comic who never stops talking and a scruffy-looking man who wants only to sit quietly and read his New Yorker. They are inhabiting the shared hospital room of their mothers, who are both dying of cancer.Karla's comedy deals almost exclusively with sex and as the play opens she is rhapsodizing about her vibrator, even though her mother, Marcie (JoBeth Williams) is asleep and unresponsive for the first two/thirds of the play. In the other bed Don's mother (Eileen T'Kaye) lies comatose and only wakes up to die.

sour - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Some people will obviously be deeply offended by Halley Feiffer's twisted sense of inherited humor, but anyone who has ever faced a long hospital stay or dealt with catastrophic illness personally or caring for a loved one—or if you've worked in a hospital where gallows humor runs rampant to erase the tensions and potential heartache—will enjoy her hilariously dark play with an appreciation and understanding others cannot. And as the civilized world crumples and burns around us, a little bit of Feiffer's off-kilter and wacky yet sophisticated Duck Soupian humor could not be more welcome.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

I must confess I did not laugh once ...It was 90 minutes of sheer hell that no amount of chocolate could assuage. The thing is, despite its title, the Halley Feiffer play is billed as a romantic comedy.

sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

I do hope the comedy's title will not keep away those who have been through such trying times, although I do fear that will be the case since watching a loved one deal with cancer is never a pleasant experience. I would encourage you to remember the emotional support you received from others going through the same experience and allow yourself to laugh at the shenanigans Karla and Don share as they learn to turn to each other to make an unbearable situation work out in their favor.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review