The Waiting Room at Clarice Smith, Feb 14-22

The Waiting Room at Clarice Smith, Feb 14-22

by Lisa Loomer

February 14-22, 2014

Director Kris Messer

Presented By:
University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Kogood Theatre. General Admission.

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Fri, Feb 14, 2014 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 15, 2014 . 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 . 2:00PM
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 . 7:30PM
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 . 7:30PM
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 . 2:00PM
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 . 7:30PM


Lisa Loomer’s 1994 play is a dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty — and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room.

Forgiveness From Heaven is an 18th-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is a 19th-century English woman suffering from what is commonly known as “hysteria.” Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with her silicone breasts.

Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination in this wild ride through medical and sexual politics.

The playwright — who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film Girl, Interrupted — often deals with the experiences of Latinos and Hispanic Americans and with various aspects of contemporary family life. For her work on The Waiting Room, she won the 1994 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and the 1995 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award.

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