Sick Jokes And Love In A Hospital Room
Besides being a mouthful of a title,
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, is also the premise of the upcoming ensemble show by Outer Critics Circle Award playwright nominee, Hally Feiffer (I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard).
What is A Funny Thing Happened... about?
A Funny Thing Happened... a rough around the edges woman hovering somewhere in her twenties, and a mid-life crisis approaching man, find their lives entangled through circumstance. Both their mothers are laid up ill and sharing a room at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre - which is the setting for this production. It's a difficult and fraught situation at the best of times, but while encountering your opposite amidst dealing with these intense emotions may be trying for the participants, it makes for entertaining viewing for the audience voyeurs. Karla and Don are characters teetering between displays of bravado, and revelations of their fragile inner selves... and inevitably the odd couple's loathing turns to lust.
Taking inspiration from her own experience in the daughter-mother-cancer triangle, playwright Hally Feiffer brings to fruition the motto of "making lemonade out of lemons", finding joy within the joyless and even inappropriate humor amid the heartache.