The body remarkably and sometimes miraculously bounces back from devastating diseases, accidents and treatments. But the real marvel lies within the human spirit and that’s what actress, playwright and author Anna Deavere Smith aims to show audiences in “Let Me Down Easy.” Interviewing 300 people on three continents, Smith gets down to the core struggles humans face, simultaneously unraveling the healthcare crisis. She lets us into the lives of an eclectic group of people from heavyweight boxers and delicate supermodels to a Texas governor and an award-winning cyclist. While their stories may seem very different, each individual displays the fragility of the body, bringing us all together. Steroid scandals, cancer therapies, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—Smith sheds light on each controversial topic with intelligent insight and on-point precision. Ultimately her show remind us all of the true cost of health care in the midst of a nation-wide debate over who deserves what and who should pay the price.
Thru Apr. 10. $46-$59. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420
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