Magical Mystery Detour
Company: Gemma Wilcox
Genre: Play — Dramedy
Venue: 21 — Manitoba Theatre for Young People Main Stage
It is such an utter pleasure to see a performer of such virtuosity in the creation of characters.
Gemma Wilcox's Magical Mystery Detour follows Sandra, and her dog Sola, on a trip to keep a date she made with her mother to see the transit of Venus at Land's End.
As we go along we find the date has been scheduled prior to the deaths of both her mother and the relationship with her longtime partner, Charlie.
On the journey, Wilcox delivers poignancy, hilarity, a time-and-space defying housefly, a Peter Cook-channeling perverted tree, a comfortingly crotchety Scottish automobile, dog sex, and no fewer than three Queen Elizabeths. The posthumous letter her mother has sent via Sandra's aunt leads to a stirring and satisfying conclusion.
This is sharply written material but the performance jacks everything up several levels higher. Wilcox has been named "Best of Fest" multiple times at many different festivals. Don'tcha hate it when a few hog all the hardware? Yeah, I don't really either.