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WIGS

ensemble theatre · millions of maps productions · Ages 13+ · United States of America

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SHANA BONSTIN certified reviewer June 21, 2017
Initially, I was curious and intrigued by the description of the show and then once there found myself fully immersed in the performance. I was immediately drawn in by the strange and sweet scenes and as the story progressed I related to the complex characters in their remarkable situation. This is exactly why I attend theater. Several days later I am still musing and contemplating this show.... full review
MILES ANDERSON certified reviewer June 23, 2017
tagged as: hilarious · Heartrending · exquisite
I saw this when it was being developed at UC Davis. It's an incredible show.I think if a play can one minute make you howl with laughter and then dissolve into tears it's ticking a lot of boxes. The two Artists and I do mean real Artists , Lindsay Beamish and Amanda Vitiello are sexy, hilarious, deeply moving, and incredibly physically adept and takie you on a fascinating journey which left me in awe. Thank you ladies so much! ... full review
YVONNE ZIMA certified reviewer June 23, 2017
Wigs is a tragi-comedy of the highest caliber, exposing of the darkest elements of the human frailty with wit, levity, emotionally riveting choreography and gorgeous lighting. I was unhinged at the end, feeling a spectrum of emotions as complicated as a trauma bond itself. The two-woman show is so engaging you won't mind the bare bones staging. GO SEE IT!... full review
ZACH VON JOO certified reviewer June 25, 2017
Brilliant exploration of a Trap. Startling, engaging, and well out-of-bounds. Great! ... full review
ERITH JAFFE-BERG certified reviewer June 25, 2017
tagged as: energetic · compelling · relentless
"Wigs" is a perfect example of what can be achieved by "intimate theater" which is a hallmark of the LA theatre scene. In a small, 25 seat space, the two actresses Lindsay Beamish and Amanda Vitiello manage to tackle difficult materials while still creating a connection with their audience by fusing an energetic performance style with compelling moments and humor. The play focuses on two young women (or are they girls?) who are apparently locked in a room by a man who remains unseen, behind a curtained structure. The girls pass their time rehearsing dance moves, while trading quotes from commercials and popular culture mostly from the 1980s ("Where's the Beef?" "ET Phone Home") The free association and play is stopped only by the building se... full review
ASHLEY GREER certified reviewer June 26, 2017
Intense, thought-provoking, funny and beautifully acted. WIGS leaves you on the edge of your seat as you join Jenny Parker and Ruthie Featherstone on their unforgettable journey to escape their captor! Amanda Vitiello and Lindsay Beamish give incredible performances as they portray the unimaginable circumstances of two young girls being held against their will; and you root for them every step of the way! The immensely talented Vitiello and Beamish keep you captivated throughout the entire show and their outstanding performances stay with you long after you leave the theatre. WIGS is a must-see!... full review
JIM DRAIN certified reviewer June 26, 2017
tagged as: heartbreaking · scary · hopeful · mesmerizing
I was drawn in: it was not apparent at first what the actions meant, creating a tension- who was the real audience? The room transformed once the context revealed itself to be more frightening than possibly imagined. We were watching two captors undergoing extreme cruelty. The script and set had an efficiency that kept the audience enraptured-so much could be done with very little: wigs became babies, shirts became boyfriends, bedsheets hid a monster. I loved how the play ended. It took captivity as a concept into the infinite. I read into it: that we are all somehow captured by our selves- our actions, our bodies, our relationships.... full review
DANIEL OXFORD certified reviewer June 26, 2017
Watching Wigs, the new performance art/play by Lindsay Beamish and Amanda Vitiello, was a little bit like being stuck somewhere between some of Jean Paul Sartre writings, and a Luis Bunuel film, with a little bit of Saw IV being thrown in for good measure. As the play opens, the two girls are trying on wig after wig, and you have no idea why, and they have different names and personalities for each wig, and i guess all you are thinking is which wig you like them best in and then that becomes very creepy when you realize that they are trying these on for their captor, whose voice can only be heard somewhere behind an imaginary curtain, as Lindsay and Amanda also miraculously do the voice of their own captor, which will later become very inter... full review