Amy Bossi-Nasiatka proves herself a comic jill-of-all-trades in “Wonder of the World,” and she steals the show as she impishly impersonates Barbara, a helicopter pilot, a tawdry trio of waitresses at three different tawdry theme restaurants, and an outrageously unorthodox marriage counselor named Janie, whose brief appearance amps the laughter up to a whole new level.
“I wanted to direct [‘Wonder of the World’], because it was an opportunity to explore some issues I’m interested in, such as marriage,” director J. Chachula confesses. “The play’s take on marriage is funny, and at the same time quite true, I think. I’ve also enjoyed digging into the concept of Fate and Destiny.”
Although the first few acts of “The Winter’s tale” unfold smoothly and at a steady pace, things fall apart rapidly once viewers are transported to from Sicilia to Bohemia. The colorful costumes and clown noses for the Bohemian rustics are a nice change from the dreary clothes of the Sicilian court; but the action is not tightly controlled, and the stage feels cluttered and unmanageable for much of the show.