'The Woman, Illusion' is a playful, wicked gallery of ways to be a woman, from a dressing table to the battlefields of Queen Elizabeth I. Being the right woman at the right time—wife or employee, actor or leader—means performing a constant disappearing act on the parts of yourself that don't fit. The show culminates in a shared experience for audience and cast.
"A handful of brief sketches intertwined with nifty bits of prestidigitation...Unfortunately, for the most part, it is our interest that disappears...The best piece of the night...is a monologue by an ostensibly religious man...Other sketches have interesting premises but either miss out on the humor, go nowhere or fail to deliver a measurable punch...Mr. Ridd...seems quite out of place here, which is possibly the point. But when he manages to steal the show, it’s worrisome." Full Review
See it if Thoughtful ideas about how women present themselves to the world intrigue you, you like magic, you're open-minded about what theater can be
Don't see it if You only like plays with linear plots, you think about women only in terms of feminist polemics, you prefer not to think about feminism
See it if A fun evening that smoothly & subtly examines the unconscious performance of femininity by women, their disappearance into everyday roles.
Don't see it if You don't like actual magic tricks, sleight of hand or subtly feminist shows.
See it if you like magic shows that are broken up by small vignettes. For a show called The Woman illusion it was the men who stole the show. Magic!
Don't see it if you don't like magic, and want a well a play that flows. I looked forward to the magic breaks between takes more than the play.
See it if You want to see a cool magic show interspersed with disconnected scenes that aren't as self-aware as they want to be
Don't see it if You want a thoughtful play that actually considers intersectionality instead of just nodding at it