Laughter is the Best Medicine
“Indeed, laughter seems to be associated with certain healing properties among some patients. And in a job as stressful and demanding as health care, it can often be the medicine that physicians themselves desperately need.” — Dmitriy Petrov, Daniel Marchalik. Laughter is the best medicine. THE LANCET. Vol 401, Issue 10391, P1844. June 3, 2023
The last three years have proven to be an extremely challenging time for the medical fraternity. It has been a period of transition that allowed some aspects of our profession to thrive and others to simply further decline. The same can be said about the artistic fraternity. In Trinidad and Tobago,where our creative community can be considered as one of the greatest in the world, support for the arts locally has not reached its full potential for various reasons. A global pandemic did not
help, but it certainly was not the cause.
I am extremely grateful for Better Than We? Wey! Productions for allowing me to impose my dream of combining both our medical and artistic worlds in a way that can benefit all. Coordinating one night off for health care workers to fill an auditorium was not easy, but somehow we managed to pull it off. I strongly suspect that we could even do it again. My hope for this little collaboration is for us to conceptualize two key concepts: that despite our individual struggles, we will always needeach other; and despite how these struggles make us feel, we will always need….laughter.
Dr. Abigail Sophia Cooblal
ABOUT THE PLAY
After receiving rave reviews, Better Than We? Wey! Productions closes down 2023 with their FINAL performance of the hilarious new comedy, It Runs In The Family at the Queen’s Hall! Boasting some of the most sought-after talent in T&T, the dynamic new theatre group thrilled audiences last year with the riotous Tom¸ Dick & Harry and has followed it up with an uproarious hospital-based comedy written by Ray Cooney and directed by decorated theater stalwart Debra Boucaud- Mason.
The play takes aim at the old adage “It’s mummy’s baby and daddy’s maybe!” Dr. David Collymore anxiously preps in the hospital common room to deliver the biggest conference speech of his career when he’s suddenly confronted with a paternity suit. All hell breaks loose when a hysterical youth, accidental tranquilizer and aloo pies are added to the fast-paced
chaos to get the riotous romp that is It Runs In the Family. [Rated PG 13]
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