La Mama’s Explorations series is a season of new and often experimental works that challenge theatrical boundaries and process and explore new ideas.
Virginia and Some of Her Friends is one of this year’s offerings, and while it is not especially innovative in style, it does combine theatrical techniques that are not often seen in harmony.
This piece sits somewhere between the musical and the play with music. Like a musical, the songs deliver a substantial component of the character and some plot. But like the play with music, the songs jar, altering the flow of action and realigning the audience’s attention not unlike Brecht’s verfremdungseffekt.
As for plot, there is little…
The rest of this post is published on Australian Stage.