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I Am My Own Wife

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant

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. More…

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.


Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant
83
Avg Score

84
Intense, Resonant, Absorbing, Long, Quirky

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

70
A bit too long, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if A one person show, impressive ability to play all parts. Excellent use of projections throughout the show.

Don't see it if extremely heavy German accent hard to understand which takes away from focusing on the play in those scenes. Too long for me.

Also 90 minutes, no intermission but as it went on I felt it was too long. ... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

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.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

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

74
Absorbing, Interesting, Fine acting, Nice direction/staging, Not light

See it if You like solo shows w 1 actor/many roles. The play starts to feel a little long, but Brandon is pretty watchable when switching characters.

Don't see it if Don’t like shows w gay/trans themes, play based on history, small theatre prods, sitting close to performer. The story is a bit intense.

Also I liked this show and Brandon’s performance, but he seemed to have a f... Read more Read less

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

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

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

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!

75
Superb acting, Well written, Intelligent, Insightful, A bit confusing

See it if you appreciate phenomenal acting, stories about transvestites, repressive regimes, prejudice, coping with adversity and one person shows.

Don't see it if dislike one person shows who act out multiple characters and very detailed stories taking place mostly in Nazi and post war East Germany.

72
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Solo

See it if You like your one person shows done in stripped down , no frills productions , with an excellent performance

Don't see it if You like polished , large scale works

90
Masterful, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, 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.

76
Great acting, Confusing, Intense, Dated

See it if you want to see a wonderful actor portray many different accents to tell a story.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows and revivals.

68
Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you did not see the Broadway production which was much more compelling and absorbing than this. It is an earnest attempt but it feels clumsy

Don't see it if you have no patience for swallowed dialogue and less than riveting acting. It is a fascinating story but this production does not grab you

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

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
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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

76
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent

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

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.

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.

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

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.

72
Quirky

See it if you’re particularly interested in LGBT stories or Germany

Don't see it if It was hard to invest in the world of the show. One man playing multiple roles sometimes seemed more an audiobook being performed live


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