By Andrew Andrews
- I enjoyed the mechanical choreography of the actors as a metaphor for the bureaucracy of a system that treats patients like raw materials to be processed or rejected according to their value.
- In the beginning, all of the actors are wearing lab coats, presenting themselves as health care providers. One by one, each actor removes their overcoat to expose their street clothes and tell their story. I considered this a compelling symbol that everyone eventually finds themselves on the receiving end of the system.
- Although the large cast easily justifies the $20 ticket price, I noticed a lot of stumbles and hesitations, suggesting that some of the performers didn't rehearse enough before the show. I don’t expect to be dazzled at this price, but I expect the actors to at least know their lines.
- I had a hard time feeling compassion for most of the characters, as it seemed they were complaining that they had to pay more than a few dollars for the care they received. In fact, in many cases, the charges sounded reasonable and the subjects seemed perfectly capable of paying for their out-of-pocket expenses and insurance premiums—they simply resented being expected to do so.
While acknowledging whole-heartedly that the system is broken, my partner and I agreed that Unaffordably Unhealthy doesn't present a compelling argument about what specifically needs to be fixed, and doesn't offer a practical solution to the problem.
Andrew Andrews attended Unaffordably Unhealthy at The Tank The 99 in New York on Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 7:00pm to write this review.