Theatre on the Square will present Lisa Loomer’s off-Broadway hit The Waiting Room April 2-24. Loomer is known for the recent film Girl Interrupted. -Vickie Cornelius, Betsy Hamlett and Suzie Davis in Theatre on the Square’s production of ‘The Waiting Room,’ opening April 2; 637-8085.- The Waiting Room follows three women from three different centuries who end up together in a doctor’s waiting room. Each has distinct medical problems resulting from her social lot in life: Victoria, a woman from the Victorian era, is told by her husband that her ovaries are the cause of her psychological problems and hysteria and, therefore, need to be removed; Forgiveness, a woman from 17th century China, has had her feet bound since she was a young girl; and Wanda, a contemporary single woman, is continuously improving her looks and body through plastic surgery in hopes of finding that special someone.
The point of the play is twofold: The first issue is how women throughout history have harmed and even mutilated their bodies to be fashionable and seen as attractive by men. The secondary issue is the American health care system, which Loomer criticizes for its shortcomings and the conflicts of interest among the FDA, doctors and hospitals.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $17 for students and seniors. For tickets, call the theater, 627 Massachusetts Ave., at 637-8085.