Wig Out!

  • Genre: Drama
    Opened 28 Nov 2008
    Written: by Tarell Alvin McCraney
    Directed: Dominic Cooke
    Cast: Katie Gillespie, Leon Lopez, Danny Sapani, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kevin Harvey, Alex Lanipekun, Holly Quin-Ankrah, Craig Stein, Jessika Williams
    Synopsis: Enter the legendary House of Light, a hyper-glamorous, uber-competitive drag queen refuge where a daughter who was once a son, can find a family. While the House are primping and preening for a catwalk showdown with the other houses, drag queen Nina is wooing the delectable Eric as ‘Wilson’, a de-camped, make-up free 'straight' gay man. How can Nina/Wilson strut the thorny divide between opposite genders and differing worlds? With sassy music, killer costumes and performed in a club cabaret setting, Wig Out! brings to glorious, vivid life, a riotous, defiant drag queen sub-culture.

    What the popular press had to say.....
    NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Throws much glitter but little piercing light upon the complexities of erotic life for cross-dressing, gay, black men and their lovers." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE STAGE says, "For all its flash and dazzle, however, the play sidesteps the real issue: how does these characters survive outside the self-created fantasy of the drag-house?" CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Disappointingly superficial... it's only fair to report that hipper, younger and gayer people than I seemed to be having a high old time at what seemed a bit of a drag to me." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "The dialogue is imaginative, idiomatic but often as hard to follow as the story."

    External links to full reviews from popular press
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    Daily Telegraph

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