Steven Lone and Carla Harting in "Roz and Ray." Photo courtesy of San Diego Repertory Theatre
Beneath all the medical jargon and the repeated indictment flogging of the system that forces doctors into untenable positions and feeds a greedy pharmaceuticals community, Karen Hartman’s Roz & Ray is a sensitive love story. Roz (Carla Harting) is a committed doctor specializing in treating hemophiliac children, Ray (Steven Lone) the divorced father of two such children. In a story that stretches from 1978 to the early ‘90s, they are brought together in Hartman’s play initially via their doctor/patient relationship, but another, more intimate relationship begins to form between Roz and Ray. The whole thing’s further complicated by a terrible blood-contamination crisis brought on by the AIDS epidemic. This tense and thoughtful play, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, starts off very slow and talky, but gains emotional momentum as its circumstances, based on true events, tragically unfold. (Review originally published in San Diego CityBeat on 9/20/17.)
David L. Coddon is a Southern California theater critic.