Bev directs the show in 3/4 round to involve the audience more fully in it. The focal point is Ken Harrison's hospital bed with a nurse's station and a doctor's office as the other playing areas. Arthur Osborne delivers a tour de force performance as the paralyzed Ken Harrison. He is onstage the whole time and can only move his head but his acting prowess shines through with his enormous amounts of dialogue and wonderful facial expressions which capture the laughter and the tears at the plight of this character. Arthur interacts with his fellow 13 performers with ease. Bravo on a job well done.
His fellow actors do topnotch work, too. Heather Carey is the proper head nurse who takes care of all her patients with great care. Jack Ferdman steals the show with his comic antics as the flippant constantly singing attendant, John. (He plays Ken as a drum set and moves his hands back and forth leading to many laughs.) John flirts with nursing student, Liana Stillman who helps Ken by talking to and feeding him. The kindly doctor, Joan Scott is well played by Evelyn Holley, a beautiful brunette who ends up caring for her patient enough to help him live his life the way he wants to. The by-the-book, thick headed head doctor Emerson is played with stern authority by Dennis Magee. He brings in a well meaning social worker played by Joyce Searles and a cleaning fanatic shrink played by Charles Arouth. Ken's lawyer is well played by Stephen LeBlanc and his associate who comes up with the habeas corpus plan is played by Donald Grady.Judge Millhouse who decides Ken's fate is played by veteran actor, Ron Mutton with a firm hand and autocratic bearing. The hospital attorney is handled with ease by William Castro while Sandra Malley plays the sympathetic shrink who helps Ken's cause and Valerie Coogan plays the night nurse. So for an outstanding show whose subject matter might be off putting but is really a splendid mixture of comedy and drama, be sure to catch "Whose Life Is It Anyway?". You won't be disappointed. Just tell them Tony sent you.