Wings at Second Stage Theater

Wings-bt-9.30 We went to see Wings last night at Second Stage Theater.  The entire performance lasts roughly 65 minutes.  Makes a powerful punch and not sure I'd recommend it.

It is the story of a woman who was a plane wing walker that was big in the 1920's.  She has a stroke.  The play is not only about her gusto to try and move past the stroke it is about what happens to be people who have severe strokes.  Their inability to speak, their inability to process information, their inability to remember.  Of course all strokes are different.  It depends largely on what part of your brain lost oxygen during the stroke.

There is a scene where she sits in group therapy.  Not a character in the group did I like.  I am glad the play was short because in all sincerity I couldn't take more than an hour.  Jan Maxwell, the main character, is fantastic.  Must be incredibly draining to do that performance each night as the lines are not exactly clear cut. 

This play may have been nominated for a Tony but I found it loud and just utterly depressing.  Perhaps that was the point. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. Tanya Monteiro

    I was reminded of Jull Bolte’s ted talk although I found Jill’s talk uplifting

  2. Tereza

    Ouch…sounds like Chinese water torture.Having had front-row exposure to stroke, dementia and mental illness, I say….why do it if you don’t have to? Oy.Although I suppose if someone’s never seen it, 15 min might be useful exposure. That’s easy to get for free though.

    1. Gotham Gal

      15 minutes would have been plenty.

  3. Eva

    I saw it last week. I thought it was awful and if there had been intermission I would have walked out.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Ha. My husband is completely in your camp.