Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

ALS Meets Broadway... Barbarella Meets ALS

I have a feeling that ALS may just be an inconvenient truth in this one -- one of those diseases known by its initials that sets the ticking clock to allow the play to come to an end.

“Variations” is about a woman who is in many ways the complete opposite of Ms. Fonda — someone who has shut down and is out of touch with herself. Ms. Fonda plays a character named Katherine Brandt, a musicologist who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and is determined before she dies to solve the mystery of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations: why he spent the last years of his life obsessing over an ever-expanding set of variations on a waltz theme, written by the music publisher Anton Diabelli, that was clunky and banal.

It would be rather spectacular if Jane Fonda could get into the role enough get a case of ALS rage and help the cause.

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