The Bogus Woman review at Clapham Omnibus, London – ‘moving, powerful and disturbing’
Make no mistake, this is a grim play that concentrates on the very lowest depths of human nature and heaps the consequences all over one poor soul, who happens to be the heroine of this play.
Practically everyone the nameless Young Woman encounters falls into the martyr or devil category – except for the ones she mistakes as angelic, who then swiftly decline.
One complaint is that the endless procession of nasty people seem almost pantomime in their wickedness, such as the Interrogator; disbelieving, sarcastic and flippant as she grills the Young Woman about the murder of her immediate family and her subsequent gang rape.
Much of the content of the play is shocking and horrific and, for anyone whose idea of injustice is being overcharged at the supermarket, all the baby bayonetting and such like can feel almost unimaginable. But magically, despite the dizzying inhumanity of her tale, Krissi Bohn as the Young Woman (and all the people she encounters) is both magnificent and, more importantly, believable. The range of accents that Bohn portrays, too, demonstrates a remarkable skill for mimicry.
The horror of the Young Woman’s plight and her sense of despair is palpable – indeed, it frequently feels physically draining even to observe.
It’s impossible to describe this play as ‘excellent’ when it is so exhaustingly, unflinchingly bleak. It is, however, moving, powerful and disturbing, with a scintillating central performance at its core.
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