Irish Arts Center presents the US premiere of 'Underneath', a solo show about a woman who was struck by lightning, and whose life is shaped by the disfigurement that resulted. More…
'Underneath' is a tale of a life lived in secret, and a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the noses of everyday life. A woman lies dead in her freshly dug grave in the Tumbledown cemetery, Cobh, County Cork. From here she tells the story of her life: her happy childhood and the mother who loved Cleopatra; being struck by lightning and then missing school for a year; her night shifts in hotels washing and mending laundry; up to her ultimate and untimely demise in a north Dublin flat; all via a series of unlikely encounters and heartbreaking betrayals. Is beauty really only skin deep? Does ugliness hide somewhere deeper?
See it if You like experimental theater and "autobiograpical" tale-telling of a trauma victim who suffers terrible bullying and worse.
Don't see it if Unevenness offends. I like one-man stuff, Irish tale-telling, and inventive sets, but this didn't deliver consistently. Too many off-notes.