Part of FringeNYC: Kidnapping! McDonald's! Boyfriends made of shirts! Safe wigs! Dangerous wigs! Two preteen girls locked in a room for years have invented coded languages and ritualistic acts to survive, appease their captor, and orchestrate their escape. Might they escape him tonight??Read more Show less
See it if while the 2 girls are lovely, they skip on first establishing good connection with the audience, so the final effect is not as potent.
Don't see it if you are not into "performance art"
See it if you want to see two skilled actor-devisers inhabit an ominous, mysterious world; if you want to see what "partnering" looks like for actors
Don't see it if you need narrative clarity or surprise; if you hate sitting in the front row (which are the only good seats for this show in this venue)
"A piece that is structurally simple yet thematically complex…Beamish and Vitiello are completely convincing in their difficult roles; it’s hard to imagine there are better performances being given in the Fringe this year. 'Wigs' is proof that actor-driven devised work can yield superb results. It is focused and totally absorbing. For fellow theatre-makers, the parallels between the piece itself and the act of creating it are impossible to ignore, and raise tantalizing questions."
"'I am fascinated about the rituals that keep us sane because they are all we have to hold onto. 'Wigs' is full of honesty and insight regarding the complicated dynamics of a forced bond between two women and the coping mechanisms these characters rely on to make it through the night that lasts forever. We don’t know how long these women have been locked up, but we know it has been longer more than any of us wish to imagine."