The Rewards of Fully Immersive Theatre

Cast of FEFU AND HER FRIENDS, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (photo: Enci Box)

When this writer first saw a 1980s production of Fefu and Her Friends, by the late Cuban-American playwright Maria Irene Fornés, he gloried in its structure. The eight female characters played together for the first and last scenes; but for the middle, the theatre created four separate rooms so that the audience, divided into quarters, could spy on the action, sometimes mere inches away from the performers, who repeated…