• Liz Lauren
  • Eva Barr and Christopher Donahue in the play adapted and directed by Christine Mary Dunford

“Everyone forgets things.”

In the novel Still Alice—the source for Lookingglass Theatre’s play of the same name—that’s what Alice hears from her husband when she tells him she has Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s a denial, and the same thing I said when my friend Nancy Smiler Levinson told me that her husband, a Los Angeles cardiologist (and Northwestern medical school alum), was suffering from the same ailment.

He still seemed so normal. Mostly. As Alice does when the Lookingglass play gets under way. And if you can normalize bad news, you can blow it away.

Until you can’t.