River Stage's "The Waiting Room"
Sacramento’s River Stage is presenting a play about the painful things women have done through history to attain a perceived ideal of beauty.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
“The Waiting Room” is a play where time and history are like soft putty. Playwright Lisa Loomer unites three women from vastly different eras and cultures together in a modern doctor’s office, and they find they’ve got lots to talk about.
One woman is from Imperial China – her feet were bound when she was a child, to make her prettier. The problem is that this cut off the circulation, and now her toes are dropping off.
Another woman’s from Victorian England – her incredibly tight corset, worn to maintain a 16-inch waist, is damaging her organs.
And there’s a modern woman from New York, who’s had plastic surgery, liposuction, breast implants, you name it. Now, the doctor wants a biopsy. She goes for a walk in the park with a sympathetic Jamaican nurse, and talks things over.
It’s a wild show, tragic and funny, with many jagged turns. The medical establishment gets slammed, and there’s plenty of frank talk about surgery and women’s bodies. It’s an unpredictable show with enough ideas and imagery to fill three ordinary plays. “The Waiting Room” continues at River Stage through March 6. Jeff Hudson, KXJZ news.