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What is the Story of This Wide Night?
In This Wide Night, young former prison inmate Marie is back on the outside, living alone in a bleak UK apartment with little but a television for company. Her sequestered, isolated life is interrupted by an unexpected visit from Lorraine, her one-time cellmate, newly released after serving hard time for committing a violent crime. Both at loose ends as they try to assimilate into a society that has rejected them, Lorraine and Marie struggle to get comfortable in their “rehabilitated” skin—and struggle harder to leave the complicated ties which bind them back behind bars.
What is The Wide Night Like?
A two-hander staged in a single dingy room, This Wide Night darts back and forth between touching and unsettling during its 90-minute running time. A drama that depicts the hopelessness of those on the fringes of organized society, the play mines its seemingly dark subject matter for every laugh, sad or otherwise, ensuring audiences never feel imprisoned themselves. As the show reaches its climax, This Wide Night (performed by a pair of actresses at the top of their game) does begin to feel a bit claustrophobic, but it’s a piece of transformative theatrical magic—the intimacy of the Peter Jay Sharp’s small space gives every ticketholder a chance to relate to otherwise foreign characters without sentencing the entire room to melodramatics.
Is This Wide Night Good for Kids?
Marie and Lorraine aren’t nuns—they’re former prisoners rightly convicted for their crimes, which means cursing, drinking and moments of sexual tension are aptly front and center throughout the entire production. While the play’s brisk runtime is good for those with short attention spans, the tales of two damaged women trying to find their footing is hardly children’s fare. Leave the kids at home and bring the Thelma to your Louise instead.