Written and directed by Elena Zucker
Little y Theatre Company
Performed by Mischa Ipp
The Velvet Lounge
Until Feb 18
(★ ★ ★)
Mischa Ipp returns to Perth with Thread, a taut, intense cyber-thriller written for her by New York playwright Elena Zucker, in whose work Ipp has appeared several times. There’s no doubt that the playwright and actor have a deep understanding of the other’s talents and motivations.
Zucker’s writing is dense, sometimes almost hallucinatory, and Ipp is a fine vehicle for it. There’s too much to take in, let alone think about, to make Thread entirely successful, though. While some of the points Zucker makes, either directly or indirectly, are deeply insightful, they still need to be ordered and given more space for an audience to take in and respond to.
When she does, she’ll have a very interesting, thought-provoking play. She already has the actor it needs.
Link here to the complete review in The West Australian