A HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW (Inis Nua): 60-second review

Satchel Williams in ONE HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW from Inis Nua. Photo by

A teenager, clearly a Daddy’s girl, grieving for her dead father, decides to fulfill his dreams of being an explorer and take his ashes to the North Pole. Armed with Wikipedia knowledge and her mother’s credit card, she sets off on an improbable adventure. Stopping in Norway long enough to lose her virginity and ride in a helicopter, her frantic mother finally finds her thoughtless daughter, and, presumably, they live happily ever after.

Inis Nua’s presentation of A Hundred Words for Snow, written by Tatty Hennessy, is an American premiere. This solo show is performed by Satchel Williams, who can best be described as adorbs. 

[Inis Nua Theatre Company at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street near 15th & Spruce Streets] February 5-23, 2020; inisnuatheatre.org

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Toby Zinman

Toby Zinman is a recently retired professor of English at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a Fulbright professor at Tel Aviv University and a visiting professor in China. She publishes widely and lectures internationally on American drama. Her fifth book, Replay: Classic Modern Drama Reimagined, was published by Methuen, and she published the essay, "Visions of Tragedy in Contemporary American Drama," in 2017. Zinman is also the chief theater critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer where she reviews New York and London as well as Philadelphia. She was named by American Theatre magazine as, “one of the 12 most influential critics in America.” Her travel writing has taken her all over the world, from dogsledding in the Yukon to hiking across England.