drama, comedy and risqué humour
Licari creates an alter ego for herself called Dr Anna LaRosa, who has a pleasant enough nature, but the passionate fire of a bull. She invites us into her world and compared Italian and British traditions with style, using a small set that includes a medical skeleton, a patient bed, a catheter and more, all utilized with ease as she flips between her personal life her journey as a doctor. The way it is done is subtle and to the point, as she shows via her comedic suggestions the way the medical profession can work, yet crossed over into her personal life as well. At times, some of the medical terms she used within the jokes fell a little by the wayside, but she managed to pull them back with a winning smile and cheekily stating that it was a medical joke, which made us laugh heartily from here on in.
What made Licari's style of comedy different from many shows of this nature was the way it was constructed to include drama, comedy and risqué humour with a strong storyline, and the amount of research that went into the whole experience. But it was the characters she came across as lovers that really made things come to life as she balanced life and work on stage. A particular highlight was a blood doctor who had a deep voice due to a nodule in his throat, which drove her wild with desire until he had it removed. As she did with all her lovers, she finished the relationship with a clever repetitiveness of the phrase 'Basta! Basta! Finito! Finito!', making her extremely memorable.
Medico was a never-to-be-forgotten experience for the right reasons leaving a newfound appreciation of what doctors and nurses in both the NHS and private sectors do for us.