As a child I loved the Wizard of Oz and can’t even tell you how many dozen times I watched the movie. I was excited to see the remake and pleased with this adult cross cultural version. This was their first Indy Fringe and I certainly hope it will not be their last! Wizer of Odd did not disappoint.
Onyx Fest Favorite
The retelling of the Wizard of Oz started with the Onyx Fest at Indy fringe, Indianapolis’ only festival dedicated to the stories of African-American playwrights. Camille (Dorothy) lives with her Grandmother (Glenda) after being rejected by her drug addicted and heavy partying Mother in New York. Camille with the support of friends heads to New York to with the hopes of both being reunited with her Mom and finding a real man. Thomas (the Tin man) is told by Camille in a very well delivered rap-like speech that she is too good for him and he is not man enough for her. Camille has a few things to learn about men.
Author Gabrielle Patterson
Written by Gabrielle Patterson, the play reflects parts of Patterson’s life.
Wizer of Odd has been condensed from its original version to fit the one hour Fringe format which I think they did well.
Go see Wizer of Odd playing at Firefighter’s Union Hall behind he beer tent.