Vengeance Is Ours

Have a ball with amorality in Inside Out's Manuscript

Autumn Horne does Elizabeth Hawkins: One evil bitch
Autumn Horne does Elizabeth Hawkins: One evil bitch


Presented through Sunday, February 18. Call 954-385-3060, or visit
Inside Out Theatre Company, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Elizabeth Hawkins is that giddy viciousness incarnate, and Autumn Horne plays her like a sexy snake. I'd love to tell you what she's done to become so awful, but that would be giving away too much. I will tell you only this: No matter how much you like her when you first meet her, she is one evil bitch. And when she gets her comeuppance, as evil bitches often do, her basic maliciousness has been so thoroughly communicated that Horne's perfectly executed onstage meltdown elicits no sympathy whatsoever. Manuscript is basically a play about vengeance, and though it handles its subject matter in a basically amoral way — for example, it never even attempts to explain why seeking vengeance might be a bad idea or at best hopelessly sophomoric — that probably doesn't matter. Hawkins is a nasty, nasty girl, and seeing her cry is one of the best cheap thrills South Florida theater has to offer.

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