Review: Hunger & Thirst Sets Myth to Music in "Monstress"
Book and Lyrics by Emily Kitchens
Music by Ben Quinn and Titus Tompkins
Directed by Hondo Weiss-Richmond
Presented by Hunger & Thirst Theatre at New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher Street, Manhattan, NYC
October 21-November 5, 2022
The Cump'ny of Monstress. Photo by Al Foote III
|Philip Estrera as Catch with Allison Kelly, Adam Boggs McDonald, and Rheanna Atendido as The Sirens in Monstress. Photo by Al Foote III|
|Olivia Billings, Rheanna Atendido, and Jianzi Colón-Soto as The Grey in Monstress. Photo by Al Foote III|
The figure of the monster represents a disrupter of categories; and the monstresses here perform that function in areas from history as an endless repetition of male-authored narratives to the system of gender expectations itself. Monstress proposes that we could all learn something from them.
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards