(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/18; via Pam Green.)

In “Informed Consent,” a thoughtful and engrossing play by Deborah Zoe Laufer, a research scientist specializing in genetic diseases finds herself embroiled in controversy when her fierce dedication to her work, and her deeply personal reasons for pursuing it, lead her into murky ethical waters.

Jillian, played with take-no-prisoners intensity by Tina Benko, is a genetic anthropologist whom we first meet in a rare moment of repose. She’s writing a letter to Natalie, who we soon learn is her young daughter. Trying to cast what she has to say in child-friendly terms, she begins on a storybook note: “Once upon a time … There was a mother. Who had a monster sleeping inside her.”


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