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Roz and Ray

Where: San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego

Cost: $25 - $52

Age limit: Not available

Ongoing: until Sunday, October 1, 2017

Karen Hartman has written an important play, though not a very good one. Set in San Diego between 1976 and 1991, it tells an underreported part of the AIDS crisis. Ray Leon's (Steven Lone) two sons are hemophiliacs. In the early 80's, a new treatment, Factor VIII, promises effective results. Their doctor, Roz Kagan (Carla Hartig) prescribes the drug even though it might carry the virus (which eventually killed over half the hemophiliacs in the U.S.). Roz and Ray rightly lambastes ostrich thinking in the medical community and the boundless greed of Big Pharm. It also pairs an unlikely couple who attract and repel each other in striking ways. Director delicia Turner Sonnenberg and the San Diego Rep give the piece an honest production, but static exposition and one-note, back-and-forth arguments load it down. And only Shakespeare's wily King Richard III could pull off the ending's whopping, 180 degree reversal. Worth a try.


Recurring dates & times

  • Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Sunday 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 7 p.m.
  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 2 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 p.m.

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