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As Oscar Wilde observed, dying is easy, comedy is hard. So Minneapolis writer-performer Candy Simmons hedges her bets and doesn’t risk injecting too much comedic content into this dead-serious take on one woman coming to terms with a medically proclaimed death sentence.

Lucille Barker is just 35 when she gets the news and Simmons, assuming additional roles of Lucille’s long-dead mother, a sardonic brother and a caring doctor, explores the bitter and the sweet of Lucille’s difficult journey. Simmons incorporates a scary X-ray visual and even a bit of droll choreography into the mix, but does not lard the downbeat material with any gratuitous feel-good-ery.

The script is somewhat over-written but it is so ably performed, the hour running time passes quickly, if not, by necessity, painlessly.

— Randall King

From the Fringe program:

Director: Tyler Olsen

Cast: Candy Simmons

From the performer-producer of AfterLife and Scarlet Woman comes Candy Simmons' latest solo work. Lucille Barker is young, smart, funny and has just been given six months to live. Created in part through real-world interviews, a vivid cast of characters leads you through one woman's experience in daring to stare down the Grim Reaper.

"Funny, haunting, breathtakingly honest" – Minneapolis City Pages

"Simmons displays an impeccable ear…a Minnesota Fringe MUST SEE" – Pioneer Press

"A showcase of strength and talent" – Star Tribune

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $9 for Students, Seniors, Unemployed, Hospice Workers with valid ID

Warnings: Mild Language

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