Testosterone: How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me
Writer-performer Hal Ackermans drama about his successful battle with prostate cancer is a deeply personal tale thats as much cathartic therapy for the performer as it is involving for the audience. The drama of illness can often be compelling on stage, as in Julia Sweeneys God Said, Ha!. Yet, Ackermans worthy but workmanlike description of the events surrounding his diagnosis of cancer, his exhaustive treatments for the disease and the unexpectedly troubled aftermath is essentially a by-the-numbers chronology of doctor visits, strained interactions with loved ones and straightforward philosophical deductions. When hes diagnosed with the disease, Ackerman struggles to keep together his mostly sex-based relationship with his prickly girlfriend and he also tries to console his troubled daughter (all the shows female roles are personably played by Lisa Robins, showing remarkable versatility). In Michael Arabians intimate but haltingly paced production, Ackermans acting chops are sometimes a bit shaky, with awkward line readings and clunky comic timing (during the shows few lighter moments). The performers shortcomings are somewhat compensated for by the immediacy of his own viscerally harrowing story one that no one could do better. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 18. Continues through May 10, 2008
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