note: entire contents copyright 2007 by Robin McGuire
Experiencing Wicked, now playing at the Boston Opera House, is thoroughly enjoyable. If you have read the book, you may find that some of the more “explicit” parts of the story are missing. This doesn’t distract, however, from the great performances and wonderful special effects the play displays.
Wicked offers us a special look into what really made the Wicked Witch of the West from the beloved fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz so engaging and memorizing.
The story starts at the beginning, the very beginning of Elphaba and how she became the green and what we originally thought to be evil Wicked Witch of the West. We are taking step-by-step through her relationship with “good” witch Glinda (formally known as Galinda) through how all the characters we thought we knew, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and the “brains” of the group, The Scarecrow actually come to be.
The real dream of this story is that not everyone is as evil as we think and more importantly, not everyone is as good as we think. The beauty of the legend, is not the standard truth of “in the eye of the beholder,” but in our hearts and minds.
Glinda is masterfully played by Christina DeCicco, mixing drama and humor with aplomb. Victoria Matlock is quite lovely and convincing as the wicked witch Elphaba.
Wicked is really food for thought. Eat it all up and enjoy!