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By Linda Griffiths
Introduction by Jerry Wasserman
Subjects: Women Writers
Casting: 3 f, 3 m
Duration: 105 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887546662, 78 pages, July 2004


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.