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