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WINGS OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: October 24, 2010
Synopsis: Arthur Kopit’s Tony®-nominated play, WINGS, is a journey through the eyes of Emily Stilson, a 1920’s wingwalker who discovers her life’s journey is a series of courageous adventures, proving that even when her mental self fails her, her daredevil spirit proves unflappable.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"Jan Maxwell is an actress of such natural authority that she becomes the center of gravity in almost every scene in which she appears. Even when she does demented, as in the child-hating cartoon villainess in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” or the drab but deranged sexual flytrap of “Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” I always feel that her character’s perspective is the sanest. I trust Ms. Maxwell to show me the world — or the world of a play — as it is. "
"When the right emotionally expressive actor and the right creatively imaginative director meet, the results can be searing and soul-wrenching. That’s what has happened with the Second Stage Theatre’s revival of “Wings,” Arthur Kopit’s 1978 play about a woman relearning language and perception after suffering a stroke. Jan Maxwell and John Doyle have collaborated to create a harrowing portrait of a nightmarish world of illness and the slow road to recovery."
"The playwright who goes inside a character's head is a very brave one indeed. The one who goes inside the damaged brain of a stroke victim as it is happening — and puts the entire jangly linguistic puzzle on stage — well, Arthur Kopit's Wings succeeds on sheer audacity alone. (Wings was first written as a radio play for NPR in 1976, just months after Kopit's father suffered a severe stroke.)"
"Like its central character, Ar thur Kopit's "Wings" has proved remarkably resilient. This abstract drama about a former aviatrix turned stroke victim premiered to raves on Broadway in 1978, winning a Tony for Constance Cummings."
"Few things are more exciting to theatre lovers than the prospect of a very fine actor taking on a daunting role and performing it so exquisitely that it seems as natural as breathing. Such is the case with Jan Maxwell, delivering a 65-minute tour-de-force, with a great deal of skill and care, in John Doyle's revival of Arthur Kopit's brief 1978 drama Wings at Second Stage Theatre."
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