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My Left Breast

a Drama
CATEGORY :
by Susan Miller

COMPANY : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 2188

SHOWING : February 02, 2007 - February 25, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Susan Miller's Autobiographical monologue about life, love, family, and surviving Breast Cancer. Directed by Melissa Foulger and starring Stacy Melich.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Melissa Foulger
Man Brian Crawford
Susan Stacy Melich
Woman Yvonne Singh
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REVIEWS

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Great Show
by The Doctor
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
4.0
Having a grandmother who died of breast cancer, this show really hits home. I enjoied it, and thought it was very well done. Thanks [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Bringing Order Out of Chaos
by Dedalus
Monday, February 26, 2007
4.0
On the first day, a woman was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and it wasn’t good.

On the second day, her breast was removed, and it wasn’t good.

On the third day, she met another woman, fell in love, and joined her family with her new partner’s family. Now, this was good.

On the fourth day, she and her partner fell apart and went their separate ways, and it wasn’t good.

On the fifth day, she entered remission, and began to realize that there was more to survival than just staying alive. This, too, was very good.

On the sixth day, she wrote an autobiographical monologue, that most self-indulgent genre of theatre, but managed to strike a universal chord that resonated with audiences everywhere, and it was VERY good.

On the seventh day, she rested, leaving her words in the mouths of others, her memories and loved ones and family on view to be watched and judged, the chaos of her fear in the hands of strangers. She, in fact, watched a Little League Baseball Game. And it was good.

There is so much I can write about this play and this situation. How we all know at least one Breast Cancer victim and/or survivor (in my case, it was my closest friend from my pre-spouse life, who, in fact, was the “Best Woman” at my wedding). How the self-effacing humor of writer (and character) Susan Miller strikes chords all evening that resonate and ring true. How the indulgence of the autobiographical format works in this case. How the material, over a decade old, is still relevant. How the performance od Stacey Melich rings true, how the design amuses and intrigues, how the character compels and moves.

But, in the final analysis, it is, at heart, another survivor song, another ode to joy, another melody of life and love, another creation story. So, my only choice is to have my comments pay homage to that creation, a story even a grizzled old skeptic like myself can and will accept on faith.

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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