Secret Order

Author(s): Bob Clyman
Genre: Drama
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (2.07 hours)
Product Number: Z10006780
Released: Apr 01, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781580815512
Narrator/s: Ed Asner
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
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"In the high-stakes world of cancer research, Dr. William Shumway has just made a stunning breakthrough. But is it really the long-sought cure for cancer? Despite the young scientist's reservations, a senior mentor pressures him to trumpet his findings to the world. Part medical drama, part suspense-filled thriller, Secret Order turns its microscope on bioethics, money and power. Includes an interview with Dr. Harvey Herschman, Director for Basic Research at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Angela Goethals, Will McCormack, Richard Schiff and George Segal. Secret Order is part of L.A. Theatre Works' Relativity Series featuring science-themed play. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. "

Professional reviews

"This somewhat overheated drama gives us a young scientist pursuing breakthrough cancer research who is pressured into dishonesty by high expectations and the lure of big rewards. The play is predictable, but also uncomfortable, even disagreeable. There's no one to root for. Still, it's at times absorbing. William Shumway, as the researcher, is sturdy, if at times awkward. The only female in the cast, Angela Goethals, overacts. Veterans Richard Schiff and George Segal do an effortlessly skilled job, perhaps verging sometimes into shtick--Schiff, the slick, abrupt man-in-charge; Segal, a crafty old Jewish survivor of turf wars. An added interview with a medical researcher casts helpful light on the play but is marred by the interviewer's insistence on her own points. W.M. 2009 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"