Thursday, April 15, 2010
I liked Vivian's character from the very beginning of the play. She is such a strong female, who keeps her sense of humor throughout most of the stages of her chemotherapy treatment. I love the blunt declaration of her having cancer. It's so honest. So "right there in your face". "I'll never forget the time I found out I had cancer" (7), "Kelekian: You have cancer" (7). After this point, I could not stop reading. Vivian is a woman who values knowledge and learning way more than others around her. She began caring about words and what they meant as early as five, and she never stopped. As a professor, whom everyone looks up to and is intimidated by at the University, she must learn to give in and let this new treatment take over. She tells Susie at the end that she "knew", "I read between the lines" (67), she says. We watch her transition from a strong-willed woman to a help-less child, like when she cuddles up with her old professor and listens to a bunny story. This is an amazing play that teaches about how quickly one's life can take a 180 turn and be over. I also have to admit that I found the play's ending incredibly disturbing, yet powerful. The way the code team, Jason, and Susie battle over her dead body, creates a very haunting scene. I wish I could watch this play. I'm sure it's pretty amazing!