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Preexisting Conditions

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny

About the show

This new play pits modern romance against a modern medical bill and asks: what's sicker? Part of the Corkscrew Festival. More…

From the show:

Legal assistant Ophira suffers from chronic pain, with no health insurance and no hope – until she finds Artemis, a multicultural, intersectional, feminist matchmaking startup that connects singles in need of healthcare with professionals from the finance and tech industries. This unconventional (but pragmatic) arrangement becomes a nightmare when Ophira is paired with the pompous Trevor, and her efforts to escape are blocked by Artemis CEO Aubrey Geller.

Member Reviews (19)


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

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a cleverly staged edgy look at the odd state of our healthcare system and marriage in this sometimes great country of ours.

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate shows that are done on a shoestring of a budget. Great acting, script and lots of bang for their buck out of the set.

Also This was a little odd but I really enjoyed it.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

See it if If you want a satire on how some live their lives... health care ,dating and jobs. Good acting for the most part.

Don't see it if If you don't like seeing blood on stage. If you want a big production. If you do not like plays that deal with dead end jobs.

Well-intentioned, Underdeveloped, Clever, Relevant, Good acting

See it if u want to see a cunning cautionary tale of an opportune dating service that matches people based on their practical, if impersonal, needs.

Don't see it if you can't stand fussy sets & awkward scene changes; you require a satisfying ending; you think the US healthcare system is above reproach.

Engaged, Needs sharpening, Smart, Political, Feminist

See it if you’d like to see a good play about a pressing topic—though it could benefit from a little sharpening of its focus.

Don't see it if you don’t think social problems—even problems with a negative impact on millions of people—make good subjects for plays.

Also The Corkscrew Festival typically attracts smart, talented, engaging yo... Read more Read less

Predictable, Hard working performers, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if the premise of matching women who need healthcare with rich men interests you. The actors are diligent in their efforts.

Don't see it if you if you lack patience with predictable and repetitive plots.


See it if You want to see a solid performance from Justin ahdoot in a small but memorable roll

Don't see it if You will be bothered by a play that is just not ready yet

Also I know there were some train issues in the city today but the play was... Read more Read less

Relevant, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Ill conceived

See it if you want to see what seems like a good concept go awry as it's written and preformed.

Don't see it if the idea of celebrating women prostituting themselves for health care benefits is appalling in 2019.

Also The male characters were well-developed and well directed and did an e... Read more Read less

Relevant, Clever

See it if You’re interested in healthcare and the compromises made when sickness is involved.

Don't see it if You need a tight show. The transitions drag the whole thing down. You want a clear or satisfying ending.

Quirky, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like quirky shows about dating and fraudulent business actions. Actors were quite good but I would have preferred a different ending

Don't see it if you don't like shows that leave the ending up to you

Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate satire on the ways we live now and want to laugh at the absurdities of the workplace and the dating scene today.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a play that makes fun of dead end jobs and dating/matchmaking services.

Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if You are interested in why peeps want in &who should get it in a utopian worldCast is talented. Staging/specials effects excellent

Don't see it if If not interested in grassroots shows the while good base story needs to be tightened & defined more. Leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

Also Venue was so ACed it was wonderful. Has a bard. Comfortable seats. Nee... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Edgy, Clever

See it if you want to see a show about the healthcare system...ageism in the 21st century...good performances...confusing at times...

Don't see it if you don't like small productions on small theaters..

Quirky, Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if you'd like to see a piece where the way to deal with lack of health care is to get married. Skewers many major social issues of our times.

Don't see it if u are tired of Bachelor/Bachelorette themes, even w a twist and don't like small productions even if clever & well acted; quirky take on Now

Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in new writers; you like shows that explore difficult topics in a quirky way

Don't see it if You are looking for something totally light and fluffy. You would be upset by depiction of blood and medical issues.

Also This was very well written and well done. They did a great job with a ... Read more Read less

50% romantic, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if want to support 5 talented actors, a good play about health and family problems, and what people can and can't force themselves to do

Don't see it if Fake blood, imitation of gynecologist visit, medical insurance related topics are not what you want to see onstage.

Also I liked everything, except an uncertain finale and...too much time tak... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a small production with talented cast. Surprisingly well performed, the flow, sound effects & timing are just right, no complaints

Don't see it if Only the location is a challenge to reach. It's a well structured play with ton of funny witty conversations, give it a chance.

Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a quirky new play with excellent performances and interesting insights on medicine, ageism and feminism. Plus, it's funny.

Don't see it if My only real complaint was that the set changes took too long and there were too many of them.

Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if Dealt with current issues regarding healthcare

Don't see it if .....

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

See it if You would like to see a play with many layers representing different facets of life from different perspectives

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical or a big production

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