City Theatre

City Theatre Company
Through October 15
Various times

What happens when a 20-something, struggling, stand-up comedian crosses paths with an uber-nerdy, soon-to-be-divorced, middle-aged man inside a hospital room?

Find out at the Pittsburgh premiere of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City.”

Got all that? Written by rising star playwright Halley Feiffer, the work’s clever title is a nod to Stephen Sondheim’s 1962 musical.

When their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates at Sloan-Kettering, the paths of Karla and Don cross unexpectedly, and monumentally. Described as a “wickedly funny tale of finding love—and lust—in the strangest of places,” the much-buzzed-about work follows the unlikely duo as they cope with life’s toughest obstacles — all while cracking tons of raunchy jokes.

Equal parts rom-com and fearless reality check, the smart play marks the first time that Feiffer — the daughter of renowned cartoonist Jules Feiffer, and writer and performer Jenny Allen — has teamed up with City Theatre.

Making their City Theatre debuts are Jenni Putney as Karla, and director Joshua Kahan Brody. The play also stars Tim McGeever, Helena Ruoti and Kendra McLaughlin.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.