POST: 'Avenue of Wonder' - little did I know

What's it about?

An evening where one man runs into a housewife while another man meets a cryptic prostitute.

What'd I experience?

When I saw that the description of this play included the words “prostitute,” “courtyards,” and “shadows” I knew I was in for a treat. The description sounded so dark and dangerous. It led me to believe that the play was going to be filled with moments that would have me on the edge of my seat. I was so ready!

Little did I know...

Throughout the entire play all 6 characters were speaking in first person. It made me feel like I was watching a Shakespeare production. Their costumes looked so very vintage, a little something like…

I literally just got myself together took a deep breath and tried to see past the costumes and dialogue. They referred to the prostitute as “Dark Woman,” and they referred to the housewife as “Blonde woman.” Piskarev was the guy who ran into the prostitute. He was walking on an avenue and suddenly ran into her. She looked so mysterious since she had on something over her head, sort of like a veil. It was black and lace. It added so much more to her look. I was so ready to hear her... until she started speaking in first person too!

Her veil was a little reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s Chanel bunny-ear lace hat, though.

During the middle of the play, people literally started to get up and leave! I’m talking about a good amount of people, all at different times. It was so rude to me. I was like, Yeah, I know this is probably not the best show ever but regardless of your own opinions we all should respect the play and actors enough to sit through the entire thing.

The lady who got up and left behind me actually forgot her scarf, her karma is very quick!

Anyway, the encounter with Piskarev and the Dark Woman was very interesting. Dark Woman would appear and disappear on stage. She wouldn’t entirely engage in conversation with Piskarev, he was a little anxious and seemed like he wanted to talk to her for the whole night but she would never give him the time of day. She was definitely a tease.

She was tease that went on for the entire show. He never got the chance to talk to have a real encounter with her. It was apparent that he felt incomplete. I know that feeling myself. As of right now I am on a diet and would love to have French fries but I can’t.

When the play ended a gentleman behind me told a gentleman beside me “I don’t understand this play.” I was listening like…

Then the gentleman beside me said “Did you read the book?” He said “No.” Then the gentlemen beside me said “Alright, then you probably won’t understand this play, you have to read the book.” Then I was like…

I didn’t read the book either, I didn't even know there was a book but I feel like I got the gist of the play. I looked at it in two ways. Either, you go after what you want or you’re left with feeling incomplete. Which encourages me to forgo this diet and have some French fries!


Want to see it?

$9 Tickets (thru OffOff@9)

Avenue of Wonder
The Russian Arts Theater
@ The Balcony Theater
thru Mar. 16