“When you think of things that make you laugh, ovarian cancer is probably not on the list. But the latest production at Dezart Performs manages to make the issues surrounding it often side-splittingly funny: Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City is sad, touching, surprisingly raunchy and often hilarious.
As the play opens, we see two 60-something women in bed in a hospital room. Marcie (Deborah Harmon) is being visited by her 30-something daughter, Karla (Aviva Pressman), a struggling standup comedian. Though her mother is asleep, Karla is talking to her nonstop, trying out very blue comedy bits about the relative virtues of sex with a vibrator versus a real man…”