DEAR ELIZABETH - VAN FRINGE 2018
Wunderdog Theatre’s production of Dear Elizabeth is a touching portrayal of the 30-year pen-pal friendship between two poets – Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. The script consists entirely of quotes from the letters exchanged between them. The rare moments when the two do meet in real life are very short and staged in silence. It made me wonder what was left unsaid in their relationship, in real life and in the curated selection of letters presented in the play. What was crystal clear though, was the admiration, support, and love these two had for one another. Alexis Kellum-Creer’s performance as Elizabeth and Anthony Santiago’s as Robert achieved a level of emotional eloquence and complexity that really brought these letters to life.
PS – Sonja’s musings in light of seeing this play:
~ reviewed by Sonja Cvoric
I agree. The performances were both well done and it was so interesting to glimpse into their lives and into a time when we sat down and wrote out in long form are daily lives, eventful moments and our feelings for one another. I want to start writing letters now!
Great review! I like the list of musings. I'm sad I didn't make it to this one.
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