Jamie Shriner’s raunchy musical comedy following one woman's journey through sex, love, marriage and how we define ourselves. Directed by Dana Anderson, with music direction by Kyra Leigh Thru 12-9
Review by Terency Boyle
Want a laugh? A naughty and gloriously bawdy tale of the sexual adventures of a woman in search of passion. Wife Material is hilariously funny. You will laugh despite your discomfort. Jamie Shriner’s work is tirelessly disconcerting, in the best possible way. She exhales her feminine prowess unabashedly. This is a woman who has a clear sense of who she is and how she wants to be seen. Her energy, talent, and extraordinary wit never becomes caricature. Shriner manages to write according to where she is in her journey towards love and sex.
Underscore Theatre have a hit with this pussy hat play. Shriner is unapologetic about her natural cravings and desires. Her humour, sometimes self-effacing, is, for the most part, directed towards the hypocrisy of those who sit in judgment of powerful women, a pertinent comment for the present time. Shriner must surely count Chaucer among her muses.
The musical might make Mary Poppins blush, send Maria von Trapp straight to the confessional and even cause the halo of Mary Magdalen to tip, but it is refreshing to hear a woman boast about her sex-ploits without shame. If you want to learn something about what women want, then, this show is for you.
Wife Material will play thru December 9, 2018 at Underscore’s newly-remodeled, permanent home, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at underscoretheatre.org
The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St., Chicago
Curtain Times: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 3 pm & 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Please note: there will not be a performance on Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving).
Tickets: Previews: $15. Regular run: $20 - $25. Students $15 on Thursdays. Tickets are currently available at underscoretheatre.org.
Benefit performance: Sunday, December 1 at 7:30 pm. Proceeds benefit Sarah's Circle, a non-profit supporting homeless and at-risk women. www.sarahs-circle.org.