A fantastically devised play and an achievement of local theater. This was my first time at the Fringe and I'm impressed. Three women wrote, designed, and acted in this piece about finding and claiming voice through solidarity. Watching these classic female characters break out of their male narration and meet ignites new possibilities for themselves and the audience. Excellently imagined and executed!...
I was impressed with the ingenuity of the ensemble and how the actor-writers managed to make us reevaluate three iconic characters from literature. Transcending time and space and forcing them to confront one another resulted in a refreshing piece of theater that was both funny and touching....
A trio of female victims find their voices in literary mash-up.
What if three unfortunate female characters from fiction could meet up in a literary no-man’s land and give each other the moral support to try and change their own stories?
That is the simple premise for this showcase which manages to hold our attention through very good performances and emerge as a fierce and feisty piece of feminist theatre.
We hear a male narrator voice read extracts from “Lolita”, “The Great Gatsby”, and “Hamlet”. In turns, the female characters respond with the lines they have said a thousand times before, knowing that their destinies are in the hands of the story-teller.
It takes a little while for the characters to notice each...
certified reviewerJune 18, 2016
Reviewed by D’Artanyan Lawrence
What if Nabokov’s Lolita, Shakespeare’s Ophelia, and Fitzgerald’s Daisy Buchanan could break out of their male-ordained plot lines, and for the first time think for themselves and speak with their own voices? What if we could see them and hear from them as real, multi-dimensional human beings, rather than as symbols or objects of the problems, obsessions, and torments confronting the male characters in their stories? Having escaped from the printed page and unexpectedly coming face-to-face with each other, the three characters, played by Leah Artenian, Savannah Gilmore, and Sophia Brackenridge, come forth with warmth, laughter, joy and wit, as well as fear, anger, and frustration. In other words, they be...
What an extraordinary play.
We live in a world where many of the most celebrated books, television, and film do not do justice to their female characters, if there are female characters at all. Countless classic works present women characters who do not have a voice or agency in their own stories.
More than simply exploring these themes, which it does both beautifully and thought provokingly, "Lolita, Daisy, Ophelia: A Love Story" shows by example how not to be such work. This is a play devised, written, and acted by three women. It tells the story of three women through three captivating and magnetic performances. It allows for these three characters--Lolita from "Lolita", Daisy from "The Great Gatsby", and Ophelia from "Hamlet"-- ...
A fascinating exploration into the psyche of three famous ladies from the Western canon, Lolita, Daisy, Ophelia: A Love Story is at turns hilarious, whimsical, thoughtful, and devastating. As these characters learn about each other, they learn more about themselves as well, and manage to stake out new territory away from the patriarchal voice that controls these iconic works. You won't be able to read these stories in the same way again!...
An inspired idea, three powerful performances, great writing, great production, and entertaining thought-provoking theatre. You'll never read "Lolita", "The Great Gatsby" or "Hamlet" the same way again....