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The cancer cure is, of course, the holy grail of medicine, or a sort of Helen of Troy among doctors. Its pursuit is the subject of The Secret Order, a play by psychologist-cum-playwright Bob Wyward. It starts with a scientist in Michigan, Dr. William Shuway, who suddenly dredges up an...
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The cancer cure is, of course, the holy grail of medicine, or a sort of Helen of Troy among doctors. Its pursuit is the subject of The Secret Order, a play by psychologist-cum-playwright Bob Wyward. It starts with a scientist in Michigan, Dr. William Shuway, who suddenly dredges up an exceptional lead in the search for the cure.

He’s immediately recruited by a pressure-cooker lab in New York, where a graduate student, a busybody surgeon, and a rival scientist ruthlessly seeking a Nobel Prize join him in the quest. Quickly, the objectivity of science gives way to the dynamics of a Latin soap opera in lab coats: the ambition, the jealousy, the betrayal. In 2002, the play got a highly flattering review in the New York Times for a tight script that weaves together elements of a comedy and a bio-thriller. It’s in good hands at the Caldwell Theatre.

The Secret Order plays at 8 p.m. at the Caldwell Theatre (7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton). Tickets cost $45 or less, and the play runs through August 1. Call 561-241-7432, or visit caldwelltheatre.com.
Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: July 7. Continues through Aug. 1, 2010

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