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|I Am My Own Wife|
Actor and script form fine union in ‘Wife’
January 9th, 2010
Wearing just a simple black frock, a scarf and pearls around his neck, Jeremy Heideman becomes more than three dozen people in “I Am My Own Wife” at Venice Theatre’s Stage II.
He makes you believe there are many more actors on stage in Doug Wright’s play about the writer’s effort to get to the heart of the true story of a German transvestite who beat the odds and survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in
Charlotte von Mahlsdorf became a celebrity when she was honored by the German government for preserving history in her museum of phonographs, furniture, clocks other items from the late 19th century. Wright was initially intrigued by how she lived relatively comfortably as a man dressing as a woman. But he found there was much more.
His play begins as a testimonial to
Heideman plays Charlotte, Wright, relatives, Nazis, TV personalities and authorities, giving each one a distinct sound or accent, posture and attitude. There’s never any trouble keeping people apart as he plays two or three people at a time.
Director Allan Kollar keeps the pace steady, and the story is gripping, even if
Kollar has staged the play on an attractive wood-planked set by Kirk V. Hughes that highlights