THEY’LL BE CALLIN’ US WITCHES (Queen Mab’s Men): 2016 Fringe review 25

callin-us-witches

Five wicked young women seem to have leaped out of Arthur Millers’s The Crucible and onto Arden’s Arcadia Stage to stir up some trouble, however, the flavor of this theatrical piece, written by Molly Lang, piques the palate more like a craft brew. All wearing plain black frocks, dark shoes and dark stockings upon a shadowed stage, the women immediately conjure witch-like connotations and a craving for dark powers so as to exceed their present realm of incapacitations. Abigail (Molly Lang) is madly in love with a man she cannot possess, Mercy (Terilyn Elise Eisenhauer) wants some excitement, Tituba (Sierra Leverett) wants out. Mary (Anna Clare Kerr) longs for affection which is not accepted, while her sister Lizzie (Lizzie Kehoe), a pox survivor, screams and moans uncontrollably, like a wraith let loose from Hades. Yet there is one who can keep her poor wracked body in check… a malevolent mavin whose powers the women commit their souls to via ritual and sacrifice in order to achieve their youthful dreams and desires, which they feel, elsewise, have little room to flourish.

The intensity and cohesion of the acting, and movement, under the direction of Pati Amoroso, bring vitality, and validity to Lang’s provoking story. Sound, lighting (Katherine Craig), scenery and set aid in making the show intriguing, and costuming completes the overall effect.

[Queen Mab's Men at Arcadia Stage at the Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street] September 10-15, 2016fringearts.com/theyll-callin-us-witches.

Run time 60 minutes, no intermission.

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Lisa Panzer

Lisa Panzer has worked for many years in theater not only as an actor, but as a director, dramaturg, technical director, lighting designer, stage crew, and roustabout. A few of her favorite past theatrical roles include: Liz Imbrie in Philadelphia Story, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Mrs. Tarpey in Spreading the News, Mollie Ralston in Mousetrap, Trinculo in The Tempest, Bernice Roth in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet. In addition to theatrical endeavors, Mz. Panzer has also worked as a background performer in television’s Cold Case, Invincible, The Happening, several television commercials, and has played various roles in independent films including Project 21 productions and other commercial acting venues. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3355274/ for additonal information).