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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
Avg Score

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

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.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

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

Inventive. clever. honest. well performed.

See it if If you like confessionals and no-holds-barred language and sex talk with a message.

Don't see it if You find overly personal one-handers tedious and somewhat banal.

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


See it if The premise was good, just lacking. The talkback was the best part of the show

Don't see it if Describing progressive illness will press your buttons

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.

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

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

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.

Thought-provoking, Good acting

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.

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

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

Clever, Over the top

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

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

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Very enjoyable!

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

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if For me this one man show started slowly and I sent until perhaps 20 or so minutes in I started enjoying it. Interesting topic

Don't see it if If you don’t like one man stand up style

Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you are interested in Parkinson disease this show is for you. But expect no rhythm, lots of sexual jokes, and very few laughs.

Don't see it if If you wish to laugh, see great acting, or learn something new.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if A relevant and eye-opener about Parkinson's disease

Don't see it if You don't have the ability to look at the most debilitating situation with a smiling eye...

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love a good comedy with heart that goes straight through without an intermission.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-man shows or you like an intermission.

Cliched, Touching, Quirky, Funny, Stereotypical

See it if You enjoy one-man shows. You enjoy discussions of health care and love done in a humorous way.

Don't see it if You hate one-man shows. You don't like somewhat dated, traditional stand-up tropes. Jokes Parkinson's & other health issues would upset you.

Also I liked that the show told the story of a happy marriage and a couple ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

See it if You’re interested in how couples deal with adversity with a humorous slant.

Don't see it if You’re interested in deeper content

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Emotionally resonant and very entertaining. A must see if Parkinson's has affected you or anyone you know.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see this.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if People supporting loved ones with Parkinson's can identify with the struggles. Emphasis on humor as a way of coping.

Don't see it if This is a one actor show and based on one couple's personal story.... deals with coping with sexual issues.

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