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Theater Review: Lotus Root Support Group, a thought-provoking story about femininity, illness and identity, Lifestyle News

ByJulie J. Helfer

Mar 11, 2022

March is International Women’s Day month, and to raise awareness of unique women’s issues, TheatreWorks with Lotus Root Support Group – a tale about the hidden struggle of identity closely tied to polycystic ovary syndrome (Pcos).

A condition where the ovaries produce irregular amounts of male sex hormones, symptoms of PCOS include irregular and extremely painful periods, excess body hair, male pattern baldness, and infertility. Enter the titular Lotus Root support group, created for women diagnosed with Pcos.

The play opens with an unofficial meeting of the Lotus Root Support Group where Jane preaches the need for increased support for women with PCOS. Xin Yi, the only member of the group Jane has invited, insists that Jane instead face what was really bothering her – the fear that her boyfriend Colin will leave her when he learns of Jane’s Pcos diagnosis and her nearly impossible chances of bear children.

Jane hadn’t batted an eyelash when she was diagnosed with PCOS because she had the perfect life in Singapore – spectacular grades in school followed by a well-paying job at a fintech company, and she has even had the man. That was, until her Pcos symptoms caught up with her.

When her life inevitably cracks under the pressure of her symptoms and she loses her job and her partner in one fell swoop, Jane embarks on a journey to heal herself from her greatest adversary yet – the SOP. In this comedy-drama, discover what it means to lose your sense of self because of something beyond your control. Dive headfirst into the complexities of femininity, empowerment, and the bewildering subject of chronic disease through lo-fi potato rap, a sexy dance lesson, and a multi-level marketing program.

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Performing live March 3-6, 2022 at TheatreWorks Gallery, Lotus Root Support Group’s impeccable comedic timing does nothing to sanitize the struggles of women living with PCOS. Renee Cheong’s direction of the cast of two women Miriam Cheong and Shannen Tan weaves a nuanced story through witty dialogue, innovative set design and intimate stage lighting that gives audiences a glimpse into the characters’ most vulnerable moments. .

Tan, who also independently produced the play, is captivating in her painfully human portrayal of Jane and how she coped with the loss of the perfect life she once had, taking us on a journey through the five stages. grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Opposite her is Cheong’s Xin Yi, a consultant managing to be confident in her identity and sensuality despite her own diagnosis of Pcos, stealing the show with her confidence and down-to-earth attitude.

Miriam Cheong and Shannen Tan designed the Lotus Root Support Group to shine a spotlight on the hidden struggles of people with Pcos. Educational, hilarious and heartbreakingly sincere, Lotus Root Support Group is a must.

Lotus Root Support Group took place March 3-6, 2022 on T:> Works Gallery. Look for updates on the digital version of Lotus Root Support Group later this month via Facebook.

Lotus Root Support Group contains references to eating disorders, body dysmorphia, food language disorders and diet talk.

This article was first published in nomadic city dwellers.