I MISS COMMUNISM
St. Michael's Theatre New
Ross got its Autumn Programme off to a great start with an exciting and thought
provoking one-woman show, I Miss Communism.
Featuring its Croatian-born American-based author and
Wurth was born in
With the simplest of theatrical gestures she becomes her grandmother (a fussy scold), her obese mother (a control parent) and traces a family line that was devoid of males, unless they were soldiers or away at the war. Using songs from Oliver! One of the few children’s programmes allowed on State TV because it showed the flaws of Capitalism. She sang snatches from the show to create humour and fun and at the same time introduce darker more sinister images of being locked in rooms and cellars. Amid versions from All That Jazz and The Internationale, the mood got colder and darker and her imprisonment by ethnic jailers had the touch of parental correction and much darker, more inhuman images.
If, at times, the work got more oblique, it was to protect the personality of a child who took refuge in Who Will Buy? As if selling a child was somehow normal.
I liked this distancing of
the story, yet could sense the sadness behind the façade; I liked the powerful
intense quality of the work that never ladled on the tears or exploited a human
tragedy. Yes it was slickly done but it
never missed a heartbeat. This was a
story well told and the audience knew that and saluted
By Liam Murphy