The Waiting Room goes behind the scenes at the emergency department of Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA, to paint a portrait of pain and frustration and dedication and resolve: modern healthcare, both at its best and its most challenging. This is anytown’s ED, and the plights of the mostly uninsured patients – and their caregivers – are universal. Doctors, nurses and technicians do all they can with limited time and resources, and patients and their families wait … and wait. As the national media treats healthcare like a political football, The Waiting Room reminds us that this is no game. The Little Theatre presents The Waiting Room on September 14 at 7 p.m. as part of the 2012 Greentopia Festival. Admission is $10.