“Friends by day, foes by night. Vivian and Holly’s alter egos keep kicking each other’s butts. Vivian’s revenge campaign against world’s-richest-misogynist pig, Bruce is spiralling out of control, and Holly is determined to wage war for justice in a miniskirt.”
Should you see it?
In Supervillains Don’t Wear Stilettos, Vivian Vane and Holly Hopewell are roommates who have a secret. Each is secretly masquerading as a superhero without the other knowing. Their differencing methods for crime fighting quickly put The White Wonder and Devil’s Advocate at odds.
Supervillains Don’t Wear Stilettos is a campy and cute youth show put together by Carleton Univeristy’s Sock ‘n Buskin Theatre. As a youth show, don’t go in expecting an ultra-polished show with professional actors. Do and you might be disappointed, but go in with no expectations except to support some young artists and have some fun, and you probably will.
The show is filled to the brim with nods to the world of the comic hero (particularly DC Comics) such as references to a reporter called Mr. Kent and a funny examination of the Superman glasses conundrum. (Though I’m not sure why the re-imagining of “Bruce.” Somebody seems to have some Batman hate.)
The acting is deliberately a bit campy and over the top and it works in context with the show and the world. Becky McKercher does a devilishly delightful job as tough-as-nails Vivian “Devil’s Advocate” Vane and Carley Richards makes a great foil for her as the has-her-heart-in-her-right-place Holly “White Wonder” Hopewell.
There are certainly parts of the show that could use tightening and the end falls a bit flat, but this is a great effort with a lot of potential.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think? Did Supervillains Don’t Wear Stilettos capture the right tone? Were you laughing or cringing? Join the discussion in the comments below.