A cerebral hemorrhage can kill you. That’s if you’re lucky. If you happen to survive and your next of kin has to deal with doctors, nurses, insurance companies, patient advocates, physical therapists, insurance companies, elder care lawyers, rehab, power of attorney, insurance companies, living wills, the onset of dementia, nursing homes and INSURANCE COMPANIES that might just about finish them off too. If not next of kin it’s even worse. Rich or poor, the problems just seem to escalate with no end in sight.
In Susan Dworkin’s frightfully funny Fringe Festival play “All Day Suckers” at The Robert Moss Theater 440 Lafayette Street, she tackles and skewers this very important topic that so many people are totally unaware of until it’s too damn late. Take for example entertainment lawyer Bryce Garfield.
Bryce Garfield (Sarah Grace) is about to marry her Wall Street fiancé Barrett (Ryan McCarthy) when her “event planner” father at age 66, Frank Garfield (Paul Carlin) has a cerebral hemorrhage. An event he obviously did not plan. He has multiple dwellings, an ongoing profitable business and plenty of insurance – so not to worry. Right? Wrong.
On the opposite end of the financial spectrum is the Spanish live in wife Carlita (Sarah Nina Hayon) of a Superintendent of a New Jersey building who has had a stroke. She will find herself dealing with the same nightmare that health care bureaucracy has become and you will find yourself laughing and laughing until the seriousness of it all sets in.
Sweet, the insurance company devil (Zachary Fine) is tops with his Rod Serling-like dispensing of advise to protect his interests and in his delivery of instructions to Patient Advocate Becca (Margaret Daly) who seemingly is there to help. Beware Signs pop up everywhere.
With inspired direction by Jessica Bauman who has a few wonderful theatrical tricks up her sleeve (which I will not divulge you must see for yourself) that make jest of this mess and amusing songs of commentary by Ms. Dworkin accompanied by Ukelele Player (Adam Wilson) dressed in scrubs, the tale of the “who will pay the bills” unfolds supported by fellow cast members that portray an array of parts. Particularly memorable is Melissa Wolff, a comedienne par excellence.
Whatever you do, cancel all other appointments and see “All Day Suckers”. And take notes. You’ll need them eventually.