Manitoba·★★★ Review

Lovely Lady Lump

THREE STARS Lana Schwarcz brings a wry, cockeyed perspective to her yearlong breast cancer treatment.

THREE STARS | Lana Schwarcz brings a wry, cockeyed perspective to her yearlong breast cancer treatment

(Lana Schwarcz)

Rating: ★★★

Company: Lana Schwarcz, Melbourne

Genre: Play — Comedy

Venue: 5 — Son of Warehouse

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It's cute. Lana Schwarcz's one-woman variety show features Cancer as a stand-up comedian, Estrogen as a bountifully endowed shadow puppet, a little song, a little dance, and a lot of bare bosom. 

A fearless, vulnerable, and joyful performer, Schwarcz brings a wry, cockeyed perspective to her yearlong breast cancer treatment.

It is a little triggering for those of us who have gone through the process, and Schwarcz gives the audience fair warning. Her projection work is particularly effective in replicating the radiation therapy experience. 

Lovely Lady Lump is a quickie cancer junket rather than a thoughtful cancer journey.- Michelle Palansky

Bear in mind that Schwarcz went through treatment in Australia. When she complains about waiting days for her biopsy results, it rings a little hollow for patients in this country. Canadians can wait six weeks.

My main critique is that the show doesn't feel terribly fresh. Even the hyped up, opening night crowd seemed to grow weary of the one-liners. Lovely Lady Lump is a quickie cancer junket rather than a thoughtful cancer journey.

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