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I Am My Own Wife is so fascinating and on so many levels that long after actor Tom Wahl ascends the short staircase and exits through the double doors at the end of the one-person play, there’s still much to ponder. Zoetic Stage’s production of Doug Wright’s fascinating character study of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transvestite who survived the Nazis and Communists in East Berlin, honors this mesmerizing one-person play by treating it as gently as the antiques that we watch von Mahlsdorf caress and cuddle like fragile babies.
Audiences often marvel at actors’ ability to memorize long speeches and complex dialogue. But few memorization jobs are as daunting as that of I Am My Own Wife. When Tom Wahl stands alone for two hours in the spotlight in Zoetic Stage’s production this week, he not only portrays the elderly German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, but a gallery of 36 distinct, disparate characters (or is it 37 or 34; Wahl and director Stuart Meltzer aren’t sure).
Theater Up Close, the series co-produced by the Arsht Center, has announced a 2012-2013 season partnering with the home-grown Zoetic Stage, the University of Miami’s theater department, the House Theatre of Chicago and, for the first time, the Alliance Theatre Lab of Miami Lakes.