I Am My Own Wife (review)

I Am My Own Wife (review)
I Am My Own Wife (review)
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THE PLAY: The one-man show explores the life of a trans woman who survived in Berlin thru the oppressive regimes of the Nazis and the Communists.

 

THE PRODUCTION: Scott Wichmann effortlessly flows thru numerous characters, including the playwright . Of course, the primary role is that of Van Mahlsdorf herself and Wichmann creates such an enchanting presence that we want to spend more time with her. She’s a gentle soul tinged with aspects of quiet comic nuance. The first time he sees himself in women’s clothes is a subtle, but magficent moment. Director Morrie Piersol, who effectively uses every area of the stage, isn’t afraid to let Wichmann have quiet pauses of reflection. He’s also made masterful use of all the theatrical elements. Thanks to Frank Fosters design, what could have been a prosaic room is turned into an artistic interpretation reflecting Expressionism’s angularity. Andrew Bonniwell skillfully uses color washes and subtle accents to delineate people and places, while boosting the emotional content. Running time: 1:40

 

THE POINT: This play offers insights into a fascinating character and Stott Wichmann has brilliantly brought her to life.

 

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

 

A production of Richmond Triangle Players in collaboration with 5th Wall Theatre thru 3/17

 

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