She Kills Monsters
Allison Burns (SMTD)
She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen is a refreshingly comic play that warmly looks at sisterhood; full of joyous spectacle and a celebration of the diverse ways we grieve, pretend, and play. Agnes Evans, a recent college grad still reeling from a car crash that killed her entire family, finds her sister Tilly’s old Dungeons and Dragons campaign with her belongings. Agnes decides to play through the campaign with a local nerd, and soon discovers a sister much different from the one she knew – the legendary (among geeks) Tillius the Paladin. Meeting a full cast of monsters and heroes, Agnes goes on a high-octane quest slaying dragons, being seduced by succubi, and meeting a “Friends” obsessed lord of the underworld. Agnes learns about swordfighting, dragonslaying, and the secret nerdy and queer life Tilly lived, as well as the joy, strength, and community this one game brought to her sister.