Sunday, May 04, 2008
A HANDSOME WOMAN RETREATS
‘A HANDSOME WOMAN RETREATS’
Kim Wyans’ one woman dramedy, ‘A HANDSOME WOMAN RETREATS,’ is a biographical story of a panic-plagued woman who attends a ten-day silent meditation retreat to root out the sources of her crisis-centered life. It is an emotional, yet funny investigation.
We watch as Kim introduces many of the unique characters of her life, including her parents and her siblings (The Wyans Brothers of “In Living Color” fame).
Wyans is a better actress than writer. The script is choppy. The situations are not always well developed. Her written comedy is stronger than her dramatic words.
The most emotional highlight centers on a failed birthday of her childhood, when none of her friends show up for her “Hawaiian-themed” party.
CAPSULE JUDGEMENT: ‘A HANDSOME WOMAN RETREATS’ was a pleasant, if uneven production. The quality of the performance far exceeded the effectiveness of the script.