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Nicholas Linnehan · August 21, 2011

…The play's main plot follows Michael, played by the adept Brian J. Carter, and Kathleen, played equally well by Elena Zazanis. The two meet during a routine chemotherapy treatment and we are taken on a journey as these two lonely souls struggle to connect, despite their terminal illnesses…Zazanis plays Kathleen with great conviction. We quickly learn that her sarcasm and condescension is nothing more than a mere defense mechanism, which she uses to protect herself from feeling vulnerable, and therefore, possibly being hurt. We totally relate to Michael's yearning for love and [Kathleen’s] fears, which makes us root for these characters, not just pity them. This in a tribute to Williams, Carter, Zazanis, and director Andrew Block…


FringeNYC 2011 Review Roundup #7

Reviewed By: Dan Bacalzo, David Finkle, and Andy Propst · Aug 24, 2011  · New York


…The playwright first introduces Michael Domani (Brian J. Carter), a 35-year-old patient in hospital for some tedium-plagued time waiting for his red cells to multiply so they don't so troublingly outnumber the whites. Soon enough, Williams brings on patient Kathleen (the impressive Elena Zazanis), and while trying to strike up an acquaintance with her, Michael refuses to take her adamant no for an answer and instead presses himself on her through a series of short scenes...



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 A CurtainUp Report

2011 New York International Fringe Festival

by Les Gutman, David Lipfert, Kathryn Osenlund, Gregory Wilson, Paulanne Simmons, Deirdre Donovan and Andrew Ash

Updated August 29, 2011 (Final)


…Unswervingly directed by Andrew Block, and strongly acted by the entire cast, this production reminds you that plays are not mass-produced commodities. Recovery clearly comes out of the playwright's personal experience with leukemia, and is equally inspired by those in his past who faced the disease as well…

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