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Side Effects May Include

From 54 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant, Great acting

About the show

Based on a true story that originally appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column, this solo show offers a comic look at living with Parkinson's. More…

At age 47, Phil's wife is diagnosed with Parkinson's. This sends him on a roller-coaster ride through an escalating mountain of pills, dangerous liaisons, questions of manhood and womanhood, desire, faith, and love. On this ride, he finds himself exploring whether our personalities and passions may be little more than tamper-resistant chemical reactions stirred up in our brains.

All proceeds benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.



“Side Effects May Include” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

93
Funny, touching, sad, encouraging. a really great show.

See it if You like one person shows, or shows about family dynamics. Also an interest in medicine or science.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big extravaganza or are easily offended.

92
Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy topical subjects, a one-man, multiple character piece that moves, educates and entertains.

Don't see it if You want to see a large, extensively produced theatre piece and don’t like to deal with difficult medical issues.

Also Nick Koesters is a charming, funny, masterful actor, going nonstop fro... Read more Read less

92
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you have any connection with Parkinsons Disease. Unfortunately, we know pd for over 26 years and it hit home with a lot of topics.

Don't see it if you don't care to be educated about a debilitating disease with humor. It only hits a few of the symptoms but pd is very individual/person.

83
Relevant, Lovable comedian, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Refreshing & entertaining take on the serious topic of Parkinson's Disease. Funny & well performed by Nick Koesters, friend of the writer.

Don't see it if Unless you cannot deal with anything pertaining to the topic of Parkinson's, good play to see. 90 minutes of humor and compassion.

Also Another great reason to see the show is that all proceeds go to the Mi... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you want to have a good laugh while learning more about the impacts of chronic illness on families.

Don't see it if you're opposed to discussions of sex - it's a pretty relevant theme.

82
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a serious topic dealt with in a humorous yet thoughtful manner.

Don't see it if you dislike one person shows.

82
Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to laugh along with Nick as he uses humor to cope with a disease such as Parkinson's, and even discusses the positive side effects.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy someone laughing at a disease such as Parkinson's. Don't enjoy one-man shows in a small theater with few props

Also Nick bravely uses humor to cope with his wife's disease, showing the d... Read more Read less

81
Very enjoyable!, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like shows that raise awareness about serious topics in a funny and completely entertaining way.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this show. It was a mix of very personal storytel... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You know someone with Parkinson’s and want to learn what it’s like living with it and want to support Michael j Fox’s Charity

Don't see it if You don’t like 1 man shows or are uncomfortable with shows speaking about sex

80
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are willing to be touched and educated about living with Parkinson’s.

Don't see it if You are closed minded.

80
Well written, well acted, great pacing, and moving, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if They want an entertaining, well acted view of living with Parkinson's disease and the side effects of medications

Don't see it if You love the pharmaceutical companies or you are looking for a romantic musical about Viagra

80
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like stand up comedy, one man show, displaying the dark side of Parkinson disease, heavy drug use wt a mixture of humor

Don't see it if You are not fan of listening to the effects of a disease that changes every aspect of life, not only for the patient but ppl around it

Also I was really moved by both writing and acting, and listening to playwr... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Quirky, Good writing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy one person shows & good writing; you'd like to see some humor in a dark situation. You won't mind some overacting & minimal sets.

Don't see it if seeing a show about a spouse with Parkinson's will hit too close to home; you don't like 1 person shows and/or minimal sets.

Also I don't usually like one person shows, so seeing this was a bit of a r... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you can appreciate a solo show about finding humor in coping with illness. It's real, it's funny, it's compassionate, and, at times, sad.

Don't see it if You are offended by anyone making jokes about serious health issues.

Also This is a touching, heartfelt show about a tough subject, but it is al... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Semi-raunchy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You need a break from serious discussion of a major disease. Treats subject with respect and is pretty funny. Benefits the MJF Foundation.

Don't see it if You are too close to Parkinsons (or other major disease) to hear jokes about it. Heavy focus on sex - the easy joke.

78
Relevant, Great staging, Funny

See it if Curious or care about Parkinson’s and it’s side affects; enjoy one-man show; most characters are funny

Don't see it if Not a fan of sex-related jokes; not into solo comedy; expecting a more dramatic and profound angle into this incurable disease;

77
Cathartic, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you find it cathartic to find some humor in the horror of situations like Parkinson's or if you read the Modern Love column and wanted more.

Don't see it if you would be frustrated by the focus being less on the person with Parkinson's than on the marital dynamic, or if you hate one-person shows.

76
Great performance, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You're up for a piece of good work in service of good works. Koesters is terrific telling this true tale of an onset of Parkinson's Disease.

Don't see it if No reason not to. Well written and performed, its humor is uplifting and goes a long way to raising an awareness of this incurable disease.

76
Good acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like one man shows, comedies focused on how a medical diagnosis impacts ones life.

Don't see it if you dont want show about medical issues. Tired of the portrayal of men wanting sex vs women not.

75
Funny, Relevant

See it if Funny & poignant at the same time.The writer uses humor to cope, connect, and bring awareness to Parkinson's.Inspiring &humorous.See it !

Don't see it if see it!This play is important,& all the proceeds benefit The Michael J.Fox Foundation.Also, you will enjoy the performance of Nick Koesters.

75
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if solo shows with good scripts are enough for you, or if you have any connection to or curiosity about Parkinson's.

Don't see it if you're tired of disease plays, although this one has a good combination of humor and seriousness. It's a small show with a lot of heart.

74
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You can get past the subject matter and just laugh at a very clever presentation

Don't see it if You think you will have trouble getting past the tragic nature of this subject matter

74
Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if It’s one mans journey through his family’s experience with Parkinson’s, but also with keeping a secret about facing a degenerative condition

Don't see it if It’s an amusing take on a serious situation, not laugh out loud funny though he tries hard. A little overacting but genuine sentiment.

74
Over the top, Clever

See it if Interesting performance and comedic approach to a terrible disease.

Don't see it if Hyper sexuality is the main focus of the show. Too exaggerated. Also, Parkinsons is NOT FATAL. It is horrible .

Also However, because it is degenerative you may die from a fall or pneumon... Read more Read less

73
Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a show about one family's dealing with a devastating disease. Contains a strong warning about family "secrets".

Don't see it if you want big fully developed production with great depth

Also The talkback after the show with the author and his wife gave great in... Read more Read less


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