Wasps: A Drawing Room Comedy for Distempered Times
WASPs is one of those plays where the whole is quite literally much greater than the sum of its parts?so much so that it becomes, in retrospect, the subject of the play, ?what the play is about,” and that doesn't hit you until you are half-way home after a fun evening of bizarre, exotic, and hilarious entertainment. Although signified only by one minor character in the play, described by the head librarian as ?one of our multicultural patrons” (and, of course, by the rather more obvious acronym of the title itself), this is a play about the elements of our constructed tribal identities: incest, fashion, fetishism, style, populist art, amateur psychobabble, and a fearful, murderous fascination with the other, hovering behind the cupboards over the sink, in the basements of suburbia, and in the filing cabinets of your local travel agent.
Cast of 4 women and 2 men.
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