June 24, 2001
MarkBernstein.org
 

Wicked

The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West; a biography of Elphaba, a girl of greenish hue born to a failed, fanatical minister in the midst of turbulent times in Oz. The royal dynasty has been overthrown by the Wizard whose tenuous hold on power leads to supression of Animals, strip-mining the Glikkus, subjugation of the Munchkins; at University, Elphalba reluctantly becomes a revolutionary. A wonderfully, sophisticated, and thoroughly reimagined tale. Not to be missed.