Every year I go to the Capitol Fringe Festival in the hopes that I will see a play like Priscilla Dreams the Answer. It is stunningly written by Walt McGough.
The cast of five are all excellent. Raven Bonniwell in particular gives an earnest and impassioned performance as Priscilla – I even saw real tears at one point. But she is not alone. All of the actors are excellent. More than any other show I’ve seen this week, I was impressed by how each actor gave so thoroughly of themselves from start to finish. Bonniwell, Luke Cieslewisz, Tiffany Garfinke, Aubri O’Connor, and Stephanie Svec should all be commended.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to the sets and props, designed by Betsy Haibel and Tiffany Garfinkle respectively. They were remarkably well thought out and constructed for a Fringe show. The multifunctional set pieces that could be turned around to represent the two main locales of show would have been impressive even outside of Fringe. Well done!
The play was certainly not flawless, but like any good dream, I see no reason to nitpick any inconsistencies. What I will say is this: I cannot wait to see what’s next from Nu Sass Productions, who described themselves as “a DC-based female-oriented dramatic production company”.