Review: "Brace for Impact!" Takes Us on a First-Class Flight
Brace for Impact!
Written by Maia Nikiphoroff
Directed by Devon M. Schwartz
Presented by Always Wild Content at The Tank
312 W. 36th St., Manhattan, NYC
May 19-June 10, 2023
|Maia Nikiphoroff. Photo credit: Luigi Morris
When we are introduced to Shiva, she is sporting an eye patch, for reasons which are eventually and hilariously clarified, and, while she is working yet another flight, her father is being cremated. She is also being dogged by a clown (Alan Ross, in a wonderful non-speaking performance) who may or may not be visible to others. Her name, as she points out, can refer not only to the god of creation and destruction but also the period of mourning in Judaism. And as Shiva reckons with her relationship to her father and who he was, with the accompaniment of more than one airplane-sized bottle of vodka, she also sifts through her past, such as her first solo visit to the gynecologist, and reckons also with her present, whether coming to terms with her mother (an extremely funny Monique Vukovic) as a sexual being, confronting an older cousin (Jorge Sánchez Díaz) for whom she once had romantic feelings, or being expected to speak at her father's funeral.
|Jorge Sánchez Díaz and Maia Nikiphoroff. Photo credit: Luigi Morris
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards