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WIGS

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

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Review by MAREN MCCONNELL

June 20, 2017
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tagged as: disturbing · creepy · suspenseful · gripping · tense · sharp · powerful

What I liked

The language the 2 writer-performers concocted was original and refreshing. They conjured up a claustrophobic, trapped world with minimal staging elements. Each actress took turns voicing “The Man” character from a few feet away behind a curtain, and somehow still made him completely believable and scary.

What I didn't like

The ending is ambiguous, though it might have been as good this way as many other possible choices. I could imagine Wigs having any number of endings. Maybe they could try different endings at different performances. Or develop it into a series, so it never has to really end. It was so rich, it could have gone on and on and not been tiring to the audience. I’m greedy and want more!

My overall impression

2 writer-performers create a vivid 3D spectacle in a tiny space. They play 2 children who in turn play an array of female personas for their unseen male captor/tormentor. We the audience are ourselves invisible voyeurs, but we are also the prisoners along with the girls, and can’t leave or look away. We root for their escape, imaginary or real. The opening may be too experimental for some people’s tastes, but if you know a little about the play going in, it all makes terrifying sense, without spelling out the abuse too literally.

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