The first show of the fall at UF is underway, and it’s a comedy called Miss Witherspoon. This is a very bizarre but entertaining play about a woman named Veronica. Veronica committed suicide because she couldn’t the horrors and minutiae of contemporary Earth. The action sees Veronica (eventually nicknamed Miss Witherspoon because she acts like a grouchy Agatha Christie character) and the things that happen to her in the afterlife. She is in the Tibetan netherworld Bardo where she is waiting to be reincarted. But, naturally, she doesn’t want to and would rather die again. And life after life the other spirits hope to extinguish her depressing attitude towards existence.
This production in the intimate black box theater stars Stephanie Lynge as Veronica. She did a great job by commanding the stage and the relatively small ensemble followed suit to make, what I thought, a satisfying show with some biting satire and some laugh out loud moments.
“Miss Witherspoon” runs until this Sunday September 29.