Tales From the Powder Room

ensemble theatre · planetm media · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by MARNIE OLSON

June 17, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

I liked that the characters were complicated. Each one had some redeeming qualities, or moments where you could root for her – as well as moments where they are frankly, kind of icky.
I’ve been a fan of Robyn Migel (writer/director) and Sandi Milne (“Miranda”) since I saw their production of “Lucinda and the Wolves” at HFF18, and I continue to be a fan this year. I appreciate very much the commitment both of these women have to creating complex female characters in a world where we still have to say things like “female characters” because the theatre world is still male-heavy.
An additional stand-out performance to me was Kelli Fish (“Cheryl”) – very natural and grounded.

What I didn't like

It’s a bit hard to watch women tear each other down the way that some of these women do – I know that’s sort of the point of the show, but the setting was very “corporate” and since that is something of which I have little to – oh, let’s be honest, here – NO experience, it definitely had me wondering – jeez, is that how women act in settings like that?
I would have liked to have seen a little bit more interaction between some of the women as well.
And on a technical note (the whole story takes place in a women’s restroom), if you’re going to have a sound effect for a toilet flush, it seems you should have one for the running water in the sink as well. But this is nitpicky and I’m probably overly obsessed with sound cues.

My overall impression

Refreshing to see a play written & directed by a woman, starring eight women. Funny moments, sad moments and cringe-worthy moments.

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