Recently single Sandra finds herself on the road alone, taking a last-minute road trip in honor of her deceased mother.
Should you see it?
Gemma Wilcox is one of the most versatile performers I’ve ever seen. Over the course of her Magical Mystery Detour, she not only embodies multiple people, but also animals and inanimate objects. She flits effortlessly from one to the other, masterfully commanding your attention. Wilcox will charm her way into your heart.
At its core, Magical Mystery Detour is about a woman learning to be alone again after the end of a long-term relationship. However, she’s not really alone; her companions on the journey include her dog, a spirited Scottish car and a pesky fly. All of these, of course, played with gusto by Wilcox. I was fascinated by how quickly and perfectly she could make the switch between characters. It’s amazing how she carves an entire journey and multiple locations out of an empty stage and a single bench.
Magical Mystery Detour is very funny, and also quite moving. It’s a one-woman show that demonstrates that sometimes the important thing is not where you’re going, but how you get there. It’s a detour that I was happy to take with Gemma Wilcox.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think! What was your favorite character? Were you charmed by Gemma Wilcox? Join the discussion in the comments below.