Wonder Woman, Truth, and a Bit of Bondage: ‘Lasso of Truth’ Review

Lasso of Truth based on Wonder Woman

The Guy (Matt Myers) and The Girl (Christen Orr), photo by BreeAnne Clowdus, courtesy of Synchronicity Theatre.

As befitting a play inspired by Golden Age Wonder Woman, Lasso of Truth flaunts a complex collection of seemingly contradictory themes including subjugation, freedom, betrayal, and the subjectivity of truth.

The engaging cast and the story’s split narrative further serve to advance this complexity. As inventor/writer William Moulton Marston (The Inventor) courts an unconventional career and relationship in the 30s and 40s, one Gen Xer (The Girl) pursues a copy of Wonder Woman’s first appearance from a man (The Guy) in the 90s while grappling with the ramifications of her creator’s controversial kinks and polyamorous relationship with Elizabeth Marston (The Wife) and assistant Olive Byrne (The Amazon). Although archetypally named, the characters themselves are anything but cliché.

Wonder Woman's creator William Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Marston, and Olive Byrne

The Amazon (Bryn Striepe), The Wife (Tenaya Cleveland), and The Inventor (Kevin Stillwell), photo by BreeAnne Clowdus, courtesy of Synchronicity Theatre.

As for historical accuracy, the play takes a wide range of liberties. It is, after all, a fictionalized account of a secret union; but overall, the play includes enough references to real events from Marston’s life that my historical knowledge of the family increased my enjoyment of the production more than it diminished it.

This show is a fun, sexy, heartfelt, and socially conscious exploration of gender roles and semiotics. If you’re in the greater Atlanta area and have so much as a passing interest in Wonder Woman, I definitely recommend checking it out.

Lasso of Truth is playing now through Oct. 19, 2014 at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre. A talkback with the cast and local experts, of which I will be a guest, will directly follow the Oct. 5th performance.

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