Enda the Road: Studio’s The New Electric Ballroom and Capital Fringe’s Unquiet Mind, review’d
Jennifer Mendenhall, Nancy Robinette and Sybil Lines in "The New Electric Ballroom"
The final entry in Studio Theatre’s Enda Walsh festival, The New Electric Ballroom,
is the least rewarding, squandering some lovely performances — and, as always, Walsh’s muddy lyricism — in the service of an opaque story that asks you to accept that a mild romantic disappointment in adolescence would drive not one but two women smeared-lipstick crazy for 40 years. The show is often called a companion piece to the concurrently-running The Walworth Farce,
which it preceded by a year, but to me it feels more like an early draft.
My Washington City Paper review is here, along with a complimentary assessment of the Capital Fringe-affiliated Run Through the Unquiet Mind.