Lolita, Daisy, Ophelia: A Love Story

ensemble theatre · the moirai · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by DEIRDRE BAIRD
June 06, 2016 certified reviewer

What I liked

For literature mavens and males, the play allows three famous secondary females to break free of their narratives. Lolita played with childlike intensity by Leah Artenian, in saddle shoes and bobby socks. Ophelia, played by Sophia Brackenridge is full of graceful depression, dunking her head in a bowl of water. Duplicitous Daisy lounges, with cocktails at the ready. They respond to the disembodied male voice with Pavlovian consistency. But when released from the bonds of their characters, they and the audience celebrate. Of course, they must go back, but the women are richer for their freedom, and so is the audience. This one act play is not to be missed.

What I didn't like

Certain sequences were to long such as when Ophelia and Daisy repeatedly must convince Lolita to go back.

My overall impression

A great turn on famous female characters, and what they would be like if freed from the male voice. Impressive acting, staging, and lighting. This is the one to see.

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