My New Unguenteur

I love my new unguent. It is pour le visage, and I invented it. It has a milky, viscous quality that reminds me of something unpleasant that I can’t quite put my finger on… Purchase the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of … Continue reading

‘Up Close and Personal’ at The University Women’s Club of Vancouver for Ovarian Cancer Canada

Join Vancouver’s own Vicki Gabereau as she hosts an intimate evening with Jenny Allen in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada. Jenny Allen, writer (New Yorker, New York Times), performer (I Got Sick Then I Got Better), and cancer survivor, brings … Continue reading

Jenny Allen is a writer and monologist. Her essays and articles have appeared for years in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, Vogue, Esquire, More, Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping. Recent essays appear in “Disquiet, Please!”a new anthology of humor pieces from the New Yorker, and in In The Fullness of Time: 32 Women on Life After 50 (Simon & Schuster). Read more.

I Got Sick Then I Got Better

“Embraceable…Ms. Allen speaks with passion and precision.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Charming…stirring…” —Associated Press
“Excellent…completely disarming…It’s Allen’s luminous yet down-to-earth performance that will rightly linger in the minds of theatergoers.” —Theater Mania

I Got Sick Then I Got Better is a comic riff on one woman’s adventures after falling down the medical rabbit hole. Diagnosed with and treated for ovarian cancer in 2005, writer and performer Jenny Allen (The New Yorker, The New York Times) tells her story of the harrowing tailspin she took following her diagnosis, combining biting humor with searing emotion in a witty, bittersweet monologue that limns the personal and family collateral damage a life-threatening illness brings.