Waiting Room

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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty?and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor's waiting room. Forgiveness From Heaven is an eighteenth-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is a nineteenth-century tightly corsetted English woman suffering from what is commonly known as "hysteria." Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with her silicone breasts. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry ...
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Overview

A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor's waiting room. Forgiveness From Heaven is an eighteenth-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is a nineteenth-century tightly corsetted English woman suffering from what is commonly known as "hysteria." Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with her silicone breasts. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. The play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.
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BackStage
Lisa Loomer's funny-sad THE WAITING ROOM sounds like a feminist polemic but plays like first-rate comedy and drama...it's now one of the high points of this year's Off-Broadway season...Loomer's writing is never pedantic and always lively...THE WAITING ROOM is well worth a visit.
NY Times
THE WAITING ROOM is also one of the most adventurous productions to open Off-Broadway (or on) so far this season...THE WAITING ROOM invigorates as it astonishes. How did Ms. Loomer...ever come up with a piece that's so crazy, so brutal, so logical and so satisfying? For that matter, when was the last time any play moved you enough to ask that question?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822215943
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 79
  • Sales rank: 794,264
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 1999

    When will the quest fo beauty end?

    The times may have changed, but the attitudes surely haven't. Women are still killing themselves to look beautiful. In the waiting room of a modern day New York City doctor's office, three unlikely allies meet: Forgivness From Heaven, an 18th Century Chinese woman who's toes are falling off because of her bound feet; Victoria Smoot, a Victorian woman who's corset is forcing her uterus out of her vagina (her husband also demands she get her ovaries removed as her desire to educate herself has caused their atrophy and given her hysteria); and Wanda Kozinski, a modern woman who is afraid her breast implants might lead to cancer. What the play does best is show the sharp contrasts between men and women: the men in the women's lives make such drastic decisions for them and the women are left picking up the pieces. With Freud, FDA conspiracies, foot binding, smoking, drinking and cancer, this play covers a lot in it's two hour running time. It is honest and frank and develops its 11 person ensemble fully and carefully. Women actors will love the three monologues Wanda has within the text, and there are very good women scenes as well. As an actor who has just performed in a production of it (Blessing From Heaven, Forgivnes' husband) i can account for the elegance, beauty, and the depth of the piece. Actors and audiences (and READERS!) alike will be able to relate to their own lives. After this piece, everyone will be able to (at least for a time) to look at themselves in the mirror, like Wanda and say: 'Gimme a break . . . you're beautiful'

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