Review: ‘HER2’ has world premiere in Toronto
Toronto – Nightwood Theatre presents the world premiere of HER2 to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. Written by Maja Ardal, and directed by Kim Blackwell, HER2 brings the taboo subject of breast cancer onto the stage in a heart-warming manner.
Faced with an aggressive form of breast cancer, a group of women are recruited for a clinical drug trial. Each one has been chosen for this experiment as a last resort, all with varying symptoms and degrees of prognosis and diagnosis. Although the story premise may seem like heavy subject matter for a night of theatre, the influx of humour and character development works well in telling a story that many may have already experienced themselves or with a loved one.
Profiles in Cancer on TV
Cathy Jamison has always played by the rules. That is, until she finds out she’s got cancer. But instead of giving up, Cathy decides to live it up. She is going to say and do exactly what she wants from here on out. No more submitting to her son’s pranks, no more indulging her husband’s childish ways, and no more letting her students walk all over her. It’s Cathy’s turn to live, and she’s skipping the main course and going straight to the liquor and dessert. Laura Linney and Oliver Platt star in this surprisingly different series.
April Carver (Unnatural History‘s Italia Ricci) has a lot on her plate right now. She just landed her first reporting assignment, she’s making progress with a new guy at work and any extra free time is devoted to making sure her family doesn’t completely fall to pieces. Oh, and one more thing: April has cancer.
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And aside from her uncle, that’s exactly how April is facing her fight: alone. She can’t bring herself to tell her mother (Hart of Dixie‘s Mary Page Keller), who “can’t remember being this happy” after returning from her first online date. And she certainly isn’t ready to tell her sister Brenna (Without a Trace‘s Haley Ramm), who’s already headed down a pretty dark path, herself.
“Decoding Annie Parker” tells the life-affirming story of two remarkable women whose paths serendipitously cross: the irrepressible Annie Parker, a three-time cancer survivor who lost her mother and sister to breast cancer, played by Morton, and the geneticist Dr. Mary Claire King, played by Hunt.
The groundbreaking original movie “Five” is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. “Five” highlights the shared experience each short film’s title character endures from the moment of diagnosis, through an interconnected story arc that uses humor and drama to focus on the effect breast cancer and its different stages of diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive themselves while searching for strength, comfort, medical breakthroughs and, ultimately, a cure.
Directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Independent Spirit Award winner Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) and Penelope Spheeris (“Wayne’s World”).