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.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Any Publicity Is Good Publicity When It Comes To ALS

Unfortunately for Jane Fonda, there is such a thing as a bad Broadway play review.

From Terry Teachout, Arts Writer for the Wall Street Journal --

... I regret to say that it's not very good. Nor does Ms. Fonda make a strong impression in it, though she gives a thoroughly competent performance as Katherine Brandt, a brisk, emotionally distant musicologist who comes down with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (the neurological disorder popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease)...

But the last paragraph of the review was a grand finish, mentioning another bit of drama that had ALS in the story --

Even if "33 Variations" were a better play, it couldn't help but look pitifully puny next to an immortal monument of Western art that dwarfs anything short of "King Lear." To put it in perspective, would you want a full-size copy of "The Last Supper" hanging on the upstage wall of the set on which you were performing "Tuesdays With Morrie"? No? Well, that's pretty much what Moisés Kaufman has done in "33 Variations," and it doesn't speak well for his modesty, much less his common sense.

You're dealing with a pitifully forgotten disease when it makes you so happy that a scathing review gets the disease in print in the national press.

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