The program notes for MTC’s Wild make much of our lack of privacy in the digital era, and the play does make this point (even if it seems at one point to “blurt it out”), but it does so in the context of “de-constructing” the Edward Snowden-based character’s mind when he arrives in Moscow. It’s effective enough, but with just three actors and not a lot in the way of sub-plots, I was left feeling that perhaps the full potential of the situation hadn’t been achieved. I agree with this review that the play doesn’t need to have been as long as it is, or else could have been “filled out” more. Perhaps, too, the almost rigid adherence to the Snowden/Wikileaks theme (without actually mentioning names) constrains the play’s potential?
There are some ingenious technological feats towards the end, and credit to MTC for these. Although they “make” the play, I wonder if these could have been introduced more gradually and from an earlier point? Moreover, having recently seen Comedy about a Bank Robbery, the bar for me in the area of “interesting feats” on stage has been set rather high.
All this is not to detract from the cast. In particular, as the so-called Miss Prism, Anna Lise Phillips has a big part to play and effectively balances her role as someone trying to put a worried guy at ease with implications of deeper forces at work.