Side Effects May Include | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 10 2013
Price: $25
At age 48, the wife of former Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's disease. In this show cowritten with Eric Coble, Jaffe offers a fictionalized account his struggle to accept that diagnosis. Jaffe's avatar, a comic named Phil Rosen, spends nearly two hours detailing his efforts to hide wife Maggie's illness from everyone in their life (including their young daughter) and accommodate the bewildering side effects of Maggie's medications (including a voracious libido). After about 30 minutes of by-the-numbers, shtick-heavy confessions—delivered with commitment but little subtlety by Andrew Pond—I wondered if Jaffe would ever allow Maggie to take center stage, since her story is presumably more interesting than Phil's. No such luck. —Justin Hayford



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