Three words: political sex scandal. That’s the descriptor that lured me into seeing New Century Theatre Company's Tails of Wasps in the first place. That’s how I described the play to my journalist husband (who has become suspicious of some of my theatrical choices of late). And it’s how I tried to persuade a couple of reporter friends to come with: It’s inspired by Eliot Spitzer! Nothing gets reporter folk faster into a theater than a play inspired by actual events.
Alas, my reporter friends couldn’t make it. But my husband and I not only stayed for the post-show talk back, we each said something afterward that we don’t typically say: We would totally see that again!
That’s because Tails of Wasps has it all — whip-smart dialogue, emotionally nuanced characters, formidable acting. And it’s about sex. The story here is about a handsome politician named Frank (Paul Morgan Stetler), who gets caught with his pants down. But before said pants get unzipped, we’re with Frank in a hotel room, witnessing his desires and the power of attraction, both the physical and emotional kind.