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Side Effects May Include

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, 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.

Member Reviews (54)


Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

Monotone, Loses focus, Only intermittently funny

See it if you would like to support the cause of finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play that engages the experience of living with a person who is experiencing the progress of Parkinson’s disease.

Also Someone dear to me has lived with Parkinson’s. So I’d like to report t... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Disappointing, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like one man shows that try to be funny about diseases (Parkinson’s).

Don't see it if you have a problem with one man shows or laughing at diseases coming from a manic actor .

Appealing character, Appreciate the effort, Not very funny, Slow at times, Routine

See it if you appreciate an appealing performer's effort and a one person show about dealing with a loved one's terminal illness.

Don't see it if you expect a comedian to be funny rather than delve into the sad situation about the effects of a wife's illness on a husband and daughter.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like 1 man solos in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You want a deep thoughtful exploration of the complexities of dealing with serious disease and it’s ramifications on the family it’snot here

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an actor portraying a comedian whose wife has Parkinson's Disease.

Don't see it if you expect to see a funny comedian telling you about his problems.

Also Nick Koesters tries very hard and gives the play his all. I enjoyed Ni... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you have interest in the marital problems of the narrator

Don't see it if you prefer to have more than one self-centered character at a time occupy the stage

Disappointing, Banal, Slow

See it if you like to hear stuff against big pharma

Don't see it if you wanted good writing, good acting or a good story line generally, was just not funny at all!

Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if YOu enjoy humor that really touches real life situations. The writer really reveals so much of himself

Don't see it if YOu can't hear stories of disease and its effects on life

Funny, Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if You have strong feelings about Parkinson's disease. Too much talk of sex and not enough talk of his dying wife, I thought.

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

Indulgent, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see a very personal story about a couple dealing with Parkinson’s disease.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy hearing about someone else’s sex life.

Resonant, Relevant, Slow, Funny

See it if Enjoy one-man shows, like a funny and touching story.

Don't see it if Want to see a big set (flashy show), expecting side-splitting laughs, and aren’t as comfortable with an intimate show experience.

Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if It exposes in a humorous way the impact didease and drugs have on a couple’s life with all their side effects tangible and intangible.

Don't see it if If you want something clever and edgy that is very funny and informative.

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

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