This one is a bit like marmite. You’re either going to hate Natalie Abrahami’s new production of Arthur Kopit’s made-for-radio play or love it for its unparallel way of constructing a temporary experience of a stroke patient who suffers from aphasia. This 90-minute play has you at the edge of the seat attempting to understand what it really going on in front of you. Emotions are on overdrive; it’s a mixture of confusion, empathy, uncertainty, and optimism, which kicks in once the play gets moving.
During the first 15 minutes, I was ready to give up, but by the end of it I felt I had learned a lot more and was pleased I stayed to see it all. Arthur Kopit’s 1978 play hasn’t been seen on the stage for 30 years. His father suffered a debilitating stroke, which inspired Kopit to write Wings. Emily Stilson is an amalgam of two women who were both patients at the same rehab centre his father was being treated at.