Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the show

The Seeing Place presents this solo drama which tells the tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime.

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Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, 'I Am My Own Wife' was the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play.


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96
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging, Entrancing

See it if Brandon Walker once again delivers a crisp and transporting performance. This little company always delivers and is worthy of your notice.

Don't see it if One-man shows are not your thing, or stories about Germany during WW II don't interest you. Otherwise, GO!

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you appreciate one person shows, excellent acting and fine scripts.

Don't see it if you want something light and/or don’t like thoughtful, absorbing drama.

Also This is an outstanding performance by Brandon Walker. Extremely diffic... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Quirky

See it if You enjoy minimalist productions of a wondrous and unbelievable life

Don't see it if You enjoy big budget trite theater

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you wish to see good acting. AND, a very interesting true-life story done well. Also, if you missed Jefferson Mays' interpretation.

Don't see it if you are disinterested in transvestite themes. The The German accent, while done well, is hard to understand if your hearing is not great.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you want to experience a phenomenal one person performance of layered complexity.

Don't see it if you expect a evening of light entertainment although there are some laughs.

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Excellent acting, Excellent direction, Excellent writing

See it if You enjoy entering worlds you'll never experience first-hand. You crave non-stereotypical characters, brilliantly played, with no cliches

Don't see it if You don't like one-person, multi-character plays, or plays about Nazi maltreatment of their victims.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to see a terrific one-man performance. It is engrossing, entertaining and informative.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man performance art.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if You enjoy strong acting and solo shows with a wide variety of distinct characters portrayed. Interesting story and impressive production.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows dealing with gender nonconformity, solo shows, or minimal staging, or you are looking for something light.

89
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

See it if ... you want to be enlightened about the incredable Queer historicl figure Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.

Don't see it if If you do not enjoy plays about historical figures or Queer history.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You would like a fascinating historical biography

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows

86
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

See it if This play is a great example of play depicting living and/or dead human being who lived an interesting life. There are no pitfalls here.

Don't see it if Brandon Walker has never disappointed me with his talent. His humanity is always present in his performances, especially in this character.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if u love sm. theaters. Realistic portrayal of transgendered person decades ago. Great acting, "GOOD" one man show w/many characters

Don't see it if You don't like sm basement theaters w/low budgets, or if you don't get into transgendered issues

85
Must see, Funny & thought-provoking, Palpable / absorbing, Easy & clear transitions, Excellent performance

See it if a one-man show (w/MANY characters, aside from the 2 main "leads") is cool w/you. Amazing performance. This guy's work will rock your world.

Don't see it if you can't handle 90min of 1 actor doing multiples characters w/no intermission. It's a MUST-SEE, especially if you didn't see the original.

Also Brandon Walker is AMAZING.... Read more Read less

85
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A true story of a transvestite who survived the Nazis and the Communists. Gave a very balanced portrait of her with the discrepancies.

Don't see it if You dislike plays about the gender non-conforming, or you do not want to visit that dark period of history, WW2 and the Cold War.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if With an actor portraying many roles it can be confusing, but you’re always clear on who is talking here. Intense story reels you in.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the history of the persecution in wwII and the unusual survival of a transvestite and the surrounding controversy

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy well-acted one man shows in an intimate environment, with excellent use of projections.

Don't see it if you do not like minimalist shows or are uncomfortable with transvestite/Nazi/Communist themes.

84
Absorbing, Intense, Quirky, Resonant, Long

See it if history, especially 20th century German or LGBT history, interests you.

Don't see it if solo shows are not your thing.

Also The Seeing Place, 1 of NYC’s most valuable shoestring troupes, has emb... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you want to see a great play, based on a true-life person, well acted by one person and nicely staged with good projections.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy sitting and listening intently for 90 minutes about the troubles and survival of a transvestite from the WWII era.

83
Great acting, if you've never seen it, here's your chance

See it if Brandon Walker is just as good as Jefferson Mays who won a Tony for this play in 2004. Riveting, informative entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like solo plays - though this could be the exception. Very good at playing many characters with different personalities & accents

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing

See it if True story about a German tranvestite using her wiles to survive an oppressive life In Nazi Germany, and after the war.

Don't see it if You dislike solo performances, gay life, references to brutality in Germany, and many different accents.

Also Brandon Walker is excellent as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the person thi... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Well acted fascinating story. Excellent use of simple, limited staging

Don't see it if Looking for lavish production or do not like one person shows. I Wish they had added photo of adult Charlotte

79
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see a well-written and thoughtful play about a fascinating character in a creatively staged production

Don't see it if you want Broadway production values or if you are completely uninterested in LGBT history or don't like one-person shows.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if ...you missed the Bway production. Very good revival of the Pulitzer-winning play. Excellent use of projections

Don't see it if ... you don't like solo shows. Or stories about transvestites or history of Germany

77
Clever, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Confusing

See it if If you like one man shows, crafty made with little means!

Don't see it if If you don’t like profound plays

76
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You are interested in learning about the life of a courageous trans woman in an engrossing piece of theater.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows. You want a big, Broadway style production.

Also I would recommend waiting a few days to see this show. Walker appeared... Read more Read less