A daringly funny and provocative one-man show about early onset Parkinson’s Disease. Phil is a stand-up comedian, living a reasonably happily married life. His only complaint? Wife Maggie’s waning sex drive. It provides ample fodder for his stand-up act -- until she is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and their life takes an unexpected turn -- some of it for the better. Based on a funny, touching, true story, former Seinfeld writer, Marc Jaffe shares his own experience and finds that sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us, but the side effects...
"Pond, directed by Wayne Mell, is a fine actor with a wonderfully mobile face, an agile body, excellent instincts and a fine head of strawberry blond hair. And he is admirably true to his character." - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"Side Effects May Include is expertly written, superbly acted, refreshingly straightforward, and genuinely hilarious. Side effects from attending may include side-splitting laughter and thoughtful introspection." - Keith Glab, Chicago Theatre Beat
"Versatile actor Andrew J. Pond navigates Phil’s complex emotional arc with ease. He’s a skilled impressionist, creating distinct characterizations for Phil’s stand-up enthusiast rabbi, horny wife and hormonal daughter. Pond takes on the script’s various roles with vigor, never letting the energy flag." - Oliver Sava, Time Out Chicago
"This show is part of the message that it's not a good long-term strategy for anyone to keep Parkinson's secret from family members and supporters. "Side Effects May Include …" is thus a very worthy project" - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
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