Wagner, Jane

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(1935-    ) US stage director, screenwriter and author, best known for her work in collaboration with the stand-up comedian and actor Lily Tomlin (1939-    ); of their work together, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (first performed 1985; 1986), filmed as The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1991) (see Theatre), is of sf interest. Essentially a one-person show for Tomlin, in which she plays several roles, primarily a "mad" bag-lady who serves as a conduit-with-attitude for the Aliens attempting to understand human life. Understood as a heavily theatricalized sequence of metaphorical riffs, the play is moderately effective, especially in the early scenes set in New York; but the play proves far more coherent and the Satire is more pointed – even in the less adventurous second act set in California – when the bag-lady's experiences are taken literally. [JC]

Jane Wagner

born Morristown, Tennessee: 22 February 1935

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