Reviewed by Matt Ritchey
Wigfield began as a book by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert. It was the dream of Pamela Eberhardt and Arlo Sanders to bring it to life on stage… and now they have. And it’s really funny.
Russell Hoakes (Scott Golden) is a writer who pitches an idea to some book publishers who, in turn, pitch him a different idea which … he ACCEPTS! He’s writing about the disappearing “small town” in America and finds just what he’s looking for in Wigfield… it’s not even really the size of a town… and it might actually be just a group of people trying to scam the government… I mean, their four mayors would never admit that, but still…
The production team of Ruckus Rockwell and Unknown Artists never fails to put on a great show and Wigfield is no exception. The show feels very much like a Christopher Guest (Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show) mockumentary on stage, with actors (Emily Clark, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Pam Quinn, Connor Pratt, Eric Curtis Johnson, Heather Roberts, Meghan Parks, Bedjou Jean, and Jeff Scot Carey – all fantastic) who understand the style and have the chops to pull it off.
One or two sections run a bit long, understandable when adapting a book with amazing material, but overall, it’s a laugh-out-loud, quality time with good direction, great performances, and a fun script. Head on down to Wigfield.
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