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The Superhero Who Loved Me



Chris Craddock’s first new play in six years, The Superhero Who Loved Me is another go-see-it production. After a wine-fuelled social media blitz, Georgina (April Bannigan), an empty-nested divorcée, ends up reuniting with her formerly handicapped school friend, Sam (Kristi Hansen). Turns out Sam isn’t in a wheelchair anymore … thanks to advances in mad science, she’s now the superhero, The Governess. A smell-it-from-a-mile-away romance ensues. While the most superhero love we’ve been fed over the years focuses on conquest—male superhero wins the beautiful woman—chivalry here is dumped for domestic scenes and the gentler undulations of lesbian love. The odd narrative structure—it is flat, and it is domestic, and, spoiler, Georgina ends up having a baby and they raise him and that’s kind of her life’s work—pulls apart generic conventions of bash-boom, smash ka-pow superhero stories. This play’s quiet yet trenchant perspective—the banality of a mortal being married to a superhero, how little glory one witnesses—is what makes this play unmissable, but also what may be missed. Reviewed by Jay Smith.




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