The Wedding Dress

Feb. 13—March 9 $15–$25
Spooky Action Theater
1810 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
(301) 920-1414
It’s tough to appreciate from the remove of 70 years and a translation from the Portuguese what about Nelson Rodrigues’ multilayered The Wedding Dress was so controversial in its time. His seminal mystery/romance/psychodrama is more than a little forbidding. A young woman, Alaide, is struck by a car. While surgeons try to save her life, she stretches out on the astral plane, making contact with Madame Clessi, a courtesan who was murdered by a jealous adolescent lover decades earlier. The two of them explore Alaide’s possibly violent, possibly criminal romantic history/fantasy life, leaving the audience to sort the memories from the hallucinations. Rebecca Holderness’s production for Spooky Action Theater is a jumble, but it’s a stylish, visually arresting jumble with a trio of compelling performances at its center. [CK]

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