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In 2016, Dianna Rasing suffered a stroke while swimming at the age of 39. That same year, a stroke rendered Mitch Krohn wheelchair-bound at 45.
Sounds like great comedy fodder, doesn’t it?
Clearly demonstrating the adage, "Laughter is the Best Medicine," Rasing, Krohn and four other cast members present a series of sketches and anecdotes outlining the aftereffects of strokes.
"The entire left side of my body went flaccid," Rasing recalls, before grinning and adding "Guys just hate when I use that word."
Each sketch details one specific therapy experience or after effect, such as fixating on words, short-term memory loss, or removal of "social filters", causing the person to blurt out whatever they’re thinking. In between the sketches are short videos of fictional, stroke-related TV commercials and shows ("Pimp my Healthcare!")
Ironically, the biggest obstacle this show faced was how many spectators clearly wanted to laugh, but were hesitant to do so. But at the end, when several people approached the cast to discuss their own experiences, you knew a valuable connection had been made.
— Janice Sawka
From the Fringe program:
The Strokes of Genius (Dianna Rasing & Mitch Krohn) survived strokes in 2016. Their sketch comedy and short video clips, all based on ACTUAL experiences, poke fun at health care, rehab, accessibility and stroke effects. They say, "It's better to laugh about it than to cry about it." If you think it's inappropriate, you may be right! Besides, aren't we all just a little bit brain-damaged…?
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Mild Language, Sexual Content
188 Princess St.
Seating Capacity: 90
NO Wheelchair Access
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Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:15 PM CDT: Adds review.
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