Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Joel Beers, the much-loved/feared critic for the O.C. Weekly, has seen Monkey Wrench's production of DISAPPEARED, and finds within it much worth considering:
Much like The Wire, the best TV show ever, the dominant character in Disappeared is a city: New York. Nagy, who worked and lived there for years before moving to Los Angeles, obviously knows it well and realizes the crushing anonymity that life in a megalopolis can foster.
The real territory that Nagy is interested in exploring is the vast expanse between the human ears. And there is no road map for the human soul. The characters in Disappeared may long for one, something that might give them direction, but, when all is said and done, they're all traveling blind like the rest of us.
Let it be said: we at the Wrench will always welcome a comparison to The Wire (which really is the best TV show, like, ever) with open arms, flushed cheeks, and just the tiniest little heart-swells of unmitigated joy.

PLEASE NOTE: post-performance discussions with playwright Phyllis Nagy will follow our matinée showings on May 1 and May 8 at 2pm. These dates are expected to sell out quickly, so buy your tickets now!

--O.C. Weekly,
Joel Beers

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