PUBLISHED ON ARTS HUB: 11/5/15
Emily Milledge portrays Dorothy appropriately as a lost girl who finds herself in a hellish place, helped by some sparkling performances by the rest of the cast. There’s always space for more of Paul Capsis, whose talent is under-utilised here. The characters have a lot to play with, with allusions to themes such as mental health issues, belonging and sexual assault.
Ralph Myer’s set calls to mind an Ingmar Bergman film, while Kate Davis’ costume designs are cutting edge. The lighting, designed by Emma Valente, uses tricks such as quick cuts between characters and harsh tones to highlight the fragmented state of Dorothy’s experience.
Fragmented may be the word that best describes this play. The Wizard of Oz is a compelling and clever dark fairytale retelling which opens strongly but descends down a path that’s just a little too obscure for some.
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