She Kills Monsters: Action-Comedy With Heart From Buzz22 Chicago
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As the world wages war in 1945, Miss Mary's beauty parlor and boarding house in Memphis, Tenn., is a popular gathering place for local African-American women. Amidst the hustle and bustle of primping and preening, Miss Mary's provides these ladies with the perfect social setting in which to exchange tales of their soldiers overseas. As the war's end looms somewhere on the horizon, these women wrestle with an uncertain future, finding love and friendship in the most unexpected of places. This Chicago premiere of Saturday Night/Sunday Morning continues Prologue Theatre Company's mission to produce untold historical stories from underrepresented voices, expanding understanding in Chicago's theatre community. Learn More
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In She Kills Monsters, a woman finds a Dungeons & Dragons notebook left by her geeky younger sister, who has died in a car crash. Within the game, she discovers a side of her sister she never knew. While the plot was almost entirely predictable, it was executed pretty well, and the transitions between the real world and fantasy world smooth and well-integrated. As the fantasy scenes played out, the DM would sometimes mouth the lines from the corner, reminding us that actually, this is all happening over a kitchen table.
I think the play will resonate with anyone who has had, in adolescence, the feeling of being an outsider or different in some way, although I wish the playwright hadn't resorted to cliches like bullying cheerleaders (who, by the way, were great dancers) and the socially inept comic book nerd. At some points the play itself felt a little bit like revenge wish-fulfillment, like "I'm going to die and then you'll all be sorry!" (the scene with Agnes and the real life cheerleaders, the last scene with *spoiler* Lily */spoiler*)
The performance itself was great and the actors were very convincing through the dramatic moments, particularly the woman who played the main female character. The play had a lot of moments of humor to counterbalance the drama, and the audience was laughing for most of the 90 minute run. The actors themselves also looked like they were having a lot of fun running around fighting each other with swords. I think the audience had a lot of fun too. Overall, I would highly recommend this play. 5 stars!
Quotes & Highlights
- "Deceptively breezy ... Ingenious ... Invigorating and remarkable ... It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart. Critic's Pick." --<em>The New York Times</em>
- Check out Buzz22 Chicago's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buzz22chicago.com">website</a>.
Buzz22 Chicago presents the Midwest premiere of
She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Featuring Katherine Banks, Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, Daeshawna Cook, Fred Geyer, Jessica London-Shields, Allie Long, Morgan Maher, Jose Nateras, Ellie Reed, Sara Sawicki and Richard Traub
Buzz22 Chicago (Scott Weinstein and Sara Sawicki, Co-Artistic Directors; Philip de Guzman, Managing Director) was founded by seven Northwestern University graduates in 2010. Since then, Buzz22 has staged four productions, including the Midwest premiere of Residue by Joel Sinensky and Quake by Melanie Marnich, performed in repertory at Royal George Theatre. The company seeks to provide a home for up-and-coming artists in the Chicago area. Buzz22 stages stories to explore the constant coming of age: the ever-occurring moments that challenge who we are and who we want to be.