Southern Methodist University professor emeritus Margaret Loft directs three prodigiously able and alert actresses through a cataclysmic afternoon and evening in the life of one of Great Britain's most... More >>>
Watching Mrs. Klein, the most recent co-production between WingSpan Theatre and the Bath House Cultural Center, you can't help but think somebody's got a burr in his briefs about psychoanalysis. That somebody is playwright Nicholas Wright, who has inked a homey little historical character study full of theoretical fencing, psychiatric mind games, and sublimated hostility that couldn't possibly be more scathing. Although the subject here is Freudian analysis employed to stifle and even pervert family relationships, the target is really just dogma period. You could play out almost the same situation in, say, a Roman Catholic nunnery or a '60s feminist collective or an avant-garde art movement. Just change the bylaws and shibboleths to what is appropriate for each, have the central characters cling to them for comfort and wield them like daggers, and watch as nourishing human exchanges are reduced to a pitiful trickle and spurt here and there.