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RX OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: February 7, 2012
Synopsis: Meena Pierotti's job is making her unhappy. Luckily, there's a pill for that. Well, not
yet. But Meena has joined the clinical trial for a new drug targeting workplace depression. The trial gets messy, however, when she falls in love with her doctor, who himself is trying to enroll into a drug trial targeting heartbreak. Kate Fodor's quirky comedy about romance in the age of prescription drugs asks what we really need to heal what ails us.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"Do you ever stare at your cubicle walls and see the bars of a prison cell? Or spend way too much time pondering your lunch options: the Vietnamese sandwich place or the taco truck? Can’t remember how the dreary workdays would pass before the advent of Facebook? "
"Kate Fodor’s medical romp Rx may not quite be what the show doctor ordered, but it does the trick anyhow. Having founded her career on far more serious fare, including the 2004 philosophical romance Hannah and Martin and the lovely 2007 drama 100 Saints You Should Know, Fodor now ventures into the choppier waters of comedy—with an admittedly forceful undertow of pain. Meena (Hinkle) is the burnt-out managing editor of a pork-business magazine; after enrolling in the clinical trial of a new drug for job-related depression, she starts an affair with her doctor, Phil (Kunken), who goes for her head over heels when he reads a poem she wrote long ago about feet."
"You may leave Kate Fodor’s Rx, a comedy about the relationships people have with one another and their pharmaceutical drugs, feeling a bit drowsy. Weariness is indeed a side effect of this over-stuffed new play; so too are restlessness, frustration, and sudden-onset sentimentality. Still, it’s hard not to admire Fodor’s guts, and Ethan McSweeny’s imperfect yet thoroughly balls-to-the-wall direction."
"Love and pharmaceuticals make for a strange cocktail in Kate Fodor's piercing new comedy "Rx," which contains equally strong dosages of satire and insight. Edging close to parody but staying within the bounds of credibility, Fodor strikingly portrays our overmedicated society, which has a pill to alleviate every uncomfortable emotion. A solid cast and keen direction from Ethan McSweeny perfectly balance the wickedly funny social barbs with compassionate portraiture. The show is an effective prescription from Primary Stages for an anemic theater season."
"Have you ever hated your job so much that you had to go somewhere private and just cry? Even if this specific situation hasn't happened to you, you may still find yourself laughing in recognition during Kate Fodor's enormously entertaining Rx, being presented by Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. The work -- part satire and part romantic comedy -- is brought to life by a strong cast under the direction of Ethan McSweeny. "
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