|Drama Teen with Ben Gerrard the star of I am My Own Wife|
|After the fall. The dogs give Margaret a check over|
Review: I Am My Own Wife
Fact: Fact is stranger than fiction. If you were to dream up a story of a eccentric transgender woman who had managed to survive and flourish under both the oppressive Nazi and Communist regimes in Berlin it would sound insanely implausible. And yet it happened. With such material the best, possibly the only authentic way, to tell the story is in her own words. That's just what the Pulitizer Prize and Tony Award winning play I am My Own Wife does. This one-man verbatim theatre piece draws on hundreds of hours of interviews playwright Doug Wright conducted with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf just after the fall of the Berlin wall. Actor Ben Gerrard (Molly) plays not only von Mahlsdorf and Wright but 28 other characters. Gerrard delivers almost a whole world of accents which is truly impressive but the real magic is the way he portrays Charlotte. It's at moments funny and charming then turns on its head in an instant and is sad and confronting. It reveals Charlotte as a complex often contradictory character who somehow tip toed her way in heels and pearls through a difficult and dangerous period in German history. It's compelling. Do yourself a favour and don't miss this one. 4.5/5.
I Am My Own Wife continues at the Visy Theatre at the Powerhouse until Saturday