How do you take something like breast cancer and make if funny? Australian comedian Lana Schwarcz manages, providing laugh-out-loud moments as she details her "journey" — a term she hates, by the way — in surviving her diagnosis.
Schwarcz laments the lack of control that comes from exploring the "dead blind corners in cancer diagnosis," but her one-woman monologue clearly illustrates how she uses laughter to counter the "terrorist attack."
At one point, she makes you feel how bone-weary tiring cancer can be, as she goes through the banal routine of radiation treatments.
There are moments of great hilarity and moments that leave you sobbing, but the 75 minutes is definitely time well spent, and may even save a life or two, if every woman watching leaves and immediately makes an appointment for a mammogram.
— Shannon Sampert
This review is based on a production of this play at the Winnipeg Fringe in a previous year.
From the Fringe program:
Listen, I'm okay. I have a pesky cancer tumour in my left jug, but I'm not dying and I'm the luckiest person in the entire world. Cos, f**k cancer, man. Jokes, truths and poignant bits from a comic who survived breast cancer.
"Hilariously honest" - Sometimes Melbourne
"Uproariously funny, devastating, heartfelt" - The Residents
"Smart, funny, empowering – you'll fall in love with the unstoppable Lana Schwarcz" - InsideOtt
WINNER: Most Outstanding Solo (Ottawa), Best Theatre (Dunedin), Adelaide Fringe Theatre Award 2017
Show Length: 75 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Mild language, nudity
Updated on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:21 PM CDT: Adds review.