The witch is back Christine Dwyer had ‘Wicked’ dreams — they’ve come true by James Sanford
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“It’s a pretty powerhouse show,” Dwyer said of “Wicked.” “I think spectacle is what people go to see at first, but it’s really much more about friendship. It’s actually a very simple story about being accepted, about feeling different and about being misunderstood. I think everybody has felt that way at some point in life. Both Glinda and Elphaba are misunderstood, and people relate to their situation and to their friendship. Of course, the costumes are beautiful, and there’s glitter and flying monkeys — but the story is what people can relate to.”
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A review of Wicked from Proctors in Schenectady
Christine Dwyer plays Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West in the national tour of “Wicked” now at Proctors through Nov. 25.
She is excellent in the role, as both actor and singer. Dwyer is lighter in tone than Marcie Dodd, who assayed the role when “Wicked” last came through in 2009. In fact, even her make-up is a shade lighter.
But it makes for a smart interpretation. There’s a real sweetness to the character in the early scenes, and by the end of Act 2 her “wickedness” seems like an intellectual choice, not just an inevitability.
Dwyer, of course, gets some of the show’s biggest numbers, and she makes them work on State Street. Friday’s “The Wizard and I” was dazzling, “No Good Deed” clicked and “Defying Gravity” almost did just that, grabbing a huge, spontaneous rush of applause.
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A review of Wicked at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts by Erin Keane.
My job is to watch a show and explain how and why it works (or fails). I can’t exactly explain why Dwyer and de Waal are so compelling as Elphaba and Galinda, but they are. Maybe it’s because both actresses bring to light the traits Elphaba and Galinda share – ambition, intelligence, wit, fierce loyalty – and downplay their superficial differences in a subtle but very effective manner. But it’s also in how they manage to turn the tables on their expected significant characteristics. Dwyer’s thousand-watt grin is simply dazzling, while de Waal’s eyes brim with soul and unrealized yearning for meaning and purpose.
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