Directed by Bryan Fonseca
Through April 8
Miss Witherspoon is one of the funniest shows this season. The excellent cast takes on this play where the Jewish afterlife is liked to general anesthesia, Jesus is a black woman in a hat and Gandalf is in one of the upper echelon in heaven.
The incredibly stubborn and anti-depressant resilient Miss Witherspoon (Diane Kondrat) has finally had enough of the world, so she kills herself ... because of SkyLab. But instead of ending up in purgatory where she thinks she belongs, she finds herself in The Bardo, where the spirit guide Maryamma (Gayle Steigerwald) insists that she be reincarnated. Miss Witherspoon is not interested in going back to Earth and resists reincarnation, but eventually gets sucked back into an infant’s body, where she immediately begins plotting how to get back out … again and again.
Consistently irreverent and hysterical, the play shows no mercy towards conventional ideas of the afterlife, and the cast (which also includes Kelli Walker, Matthew Roland and Tiffany Shoemaker in multiple roles) is just shy of chewing scenery. Director Bryan Fonseca rolls with the comedy in this wacky, surreal story about learning to love life.
Miss Witherspoon continues at the Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave., through April 8. Call 317-635-PLAY or go to www.phoenixtheatre.org.