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The Plague Doctor's Daughter
The 14th-century plague was good for one thing: the death toll left plenty of jobs to be had.
Signore Lassandri gets a gig as a “doctor,” but succumbs to a different disorder before he can start work. In order to keep the doctor’s house, his selfish daughter Enza (Heather Krahn) dons his bird-mask disguise and hits the street with the unscrupulous Ghezzo (Rob Brown). The two actors stand out in the local cast, but don’t always get a lot to work with in a script that drags over the course of 75 minutes. There are a few decent one-liners and some interesting moments to ensure you won’t die of boredom, but you might just be plagued by disinterest.
— Rob Williams
From the Fringe program:
Fourteenth century Europe: the plague arrives in Italy and begins to decimate her population. Cities and towns commission plague doctors to tend to the inflicted, hiring anyone willing to take the job. Signore Lassandri, a livery worker, signs on, but before he can begin his duties, he dies. His daughter Enza, desperate to stay in the home her father acquired with the position, assumes his role but as women were forbidden to doctor, she must do so in disguise.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 min
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM CDT: