Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I hope this email does not seem an intrusion. I am writing today instead of waiting until Monday because there is a performance tonight at 8 and another tomorrow at 2, and this is a dazzling theatrical performance. It runs several more weeks as well, but with no Super Bowl tomorrow…
“I Am My Own Wife,” at Harlequin should not be missed!
Reading about it beforehand we were expecting a serious downer and one of those shows you grind your way through and are glad at the end you saw, but did not necessarily enjoy at the time. This was absolutely enjoyable, as well as almost spellbinding, from beginning to end. The story description doesn’t imply it will be uplifting: a transvestite person in East Berlin surviving the Nazis followed by the Commies sounds grotesquely grueling no matter how it is presented, huh?
Well, in one of the most enjoyable acting performances you’ll ever see, Corey McDaniel brings Charlotte von Mahlsdorf to life as a sweet, almost naive, lover of beautiful things with a trusting heart in the middle of a world stacked against her, and simultaneously presents half a dozen other key characters and cameos another half a dozen others with often little more than a slight shift of posture and change of accent.
Having lived almost 12 years in Germany, dialogue and accents were particularly appealing to me, but Pat and our neighbors who were there as well said they easily followed everything.
The set, too, is amazing, being the museum Charlotte operates out of her home. Linda and Scot must have called in favors from every antique dealer in town to make it happen.
We see a lot of shows, and at times are surprised when we see a title we know we’ve seen that we can’t remember more than we liked it or something. We will never forget this performance.
See you Monday.