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In the age of AIDS and SARS, mad cow, West Nile, and avian flu, when the very staffs of life—sex and food and the air we breathe—can kill us, along comes Linda Griffiths’s latest play.




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Chronic (print)

Ostensibly about CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and the virus that may or may not cause it, Chronic puts one woman’s dis-ease under the theatrical microscope along with various other pathologies of modern life. At first Petra seems familiarly neurotic, a Woody Allen character refracted through George F. Walker. But as Griffiths examines the psychological, social, and sexual dimensions of Petra’s experience in her desperate pursuit of a cure, as well as her medical treatments, her strange dreams, and the peculiarities of her post-industrial workplace, the stage becomes an environmental petrie dish, a fascinating experiment in the ecology of illness.

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Title Chronic (print)
ISBN 13 9780887546662
Genre Drama, Women Writers
Contributor(s) Linda Griffiths
Jerry Wasserman
Agent Michael Petrasek at Kensington Literary, (416) 848-9648
Year 2004

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