Gia On The Move, Matt Ritchey, theater reviews, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Wigfield

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.

Highly Recommended

Copyright © 2019 Gia On The Move. All rights reserved. 

Written and/or recorded exclusively for Gia On The Move. No part of this Gia On The Move publication, writing, video, or audio may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. Copyright infringement is a crime. For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Attention: Gia On The Move Permissions Coordinator”. For more information please review our reprints and permissions page