Publicist: Lisa Verlo
I loved her playfulness and bravery and the honesty with which she shared her story. I’m so happy to hear more takes on the issues of body shaming and self esteem tied to the images our media and culture perpetuate. Thank you Jannica for turning the mirror on ourselves as we grapple with how we are defining our values. Love this conversation!
Jannica struck chords so deeply embedded in my psyche and so resonant in our society there was pretty much an audible soundtrack of uh-huhs and mmm-huhs going on the whole time. Even though this was her very personal and not so common experience with the condition of Alopecia, we all related to so much of what she went through on her journey to self acceptance and love.
A masterpiece of modern storytelling meets the magic of majestic theatre. I was lucky enough to have been alerted by a friend to catch the closing performance of LADIES. Had I seen an earlier performance I would have sent my sister a round trip ticket from Chicago so she could witness this incredible show. That’s how good it was. I was shocked when I went on Better-Lemons and read what the “critics” had to say.
Shocking. 60% sweet by critics?! What?! What show did they see? Crazy. That was an incredible piece of theatre. So well written, wonderfully directed, beautifully staged, so moving, thought provoking, relatable. Half the women coming out of the theatre were sobbing. You could feel the energy, the buzz... I overheard comments praising the experience... what is wrong with that picture, who are those critics?
Wow. Well, art is certainly subjective, and theatre is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I know I am not alone in wanting to heap praise on this performance. Clearly, I am the only audience member who knows that as an audience member, we can voice our opinions on Better-Lemons as well. Because after a run of a month, mine is the first audience review. But I caught eyes with so many women as we exited the theatre, and gave each other that nod of relief, of recognition, of knowing that we had just experienced a deep truth. A telling of a tale that has been stifled, suppressed, hushed, and ultimately silenced through the years, I am appalled that the powers-(and critics)that-be are still trying to find ways to invalidate it! For every reason they gave as a critique, I thought it even more worthy of praise.
This show is a must-see. A wonderfully fresh, honest, creative, yes, extremely creative, and inspiring piece of theatre that entertains as much as it stirs up feelings... all of them! That, in my humble opinion, is great theatre.
If there was a Super Sweet score, I would have chosen that.
Amanda is worthy of love, adoration, heaps of attention, and a standing ovation! That was one heck of a performance. A jaw dropping, belly laughing, thoroughly moving, polished and heartfelt performance. She is looking for love and it is the audience who ends up falling in love with her! Can we all squeeze in the ring please?!
How absolutely sexy, vulnerable, adorable, and downright empowered she is as she takes us through her journey of self discovery and acceptance that maybe she is just enough! And then half the sentences come out in song and we are thoroughly wooed by her performance. What a proposition! LOVE!
The theater could have been bigger! She has enough stage presence to fill a stadium!
Michael is a charming storyteller! A wonderful mix of honesty, humor, and insight mixed into the raw recounting of some of the harshest tragedies that could befall a person, losing parents and losing a home... all in one year! Birthday is a celebration of life and death and connecting to the tether of sanity that guides us through all of it with humor and grace.
Michael’s sense of humor kept a smile on my face even as he faced some of the harshest aspects that reality has to offer. His stories were moving, his presence captivating, and his insight generous. I felt inspired and grateful to have been able to experience the intimacy of what he was presenting us. A gift indeed!
What an interesting glimpse into the life of someone who has really followed their dream, or rather dreams! Bob has worn many hats and brought them all in for us to see and hear about the accompanying stories. A wonderful recounting of the journey that brought him out to Hollywood, California and the Fringe in particular.
It was a real treat to experience his multimedia presentation with a little history and some fun anecdotes mixed in. He was generous with details and candid and authentic in his delivery. He even had a guessing game for audiences who enjoy a participatory experience.
Marla took us on a wonderful adventure with the use of video, photos, and a drawing board to really help illustrate the picture. She gave a physical demonstration of what it is like being tied up to a dog sled and leading a pack and then she took us across some rather emotional terrain. Wow can she ever tell a story! It was rather comforting to have a life size husky dog share the stage even though she was the cuddly stuffed variety, because it did get dark there for awhile. Marla’s talent is bright though, so we were all enlightened by the end.
What an entrance! Marla grabbed the audience by the reigns and led us all on an amazing journey into her pre Hollywood world, introducing us to the pack and instructing us as to our place in it. Her flair for comedy was saturated in a wonderful combination of dead pan and wide eyed wonder as she grappled with where she fit in to this world.
Wow! Well, I could have saved a lifetime of heart ache if I had scene this show when I was in my early twenties! Lara is absolutely charming, adorable, sincere, brave, bold, and just downright impressive as all her selves coming to her own rescue. Empowering to say the least, Lara’s Leaving Prince Charming is one big lesson in self esteem and a powerhouse of a solo performance that will leave you begging for more! Spoiler alert... thank god she left him... for us!!!
Lara’s characterizations are so on point, her delivery polished and absolutely entertaining! Well written, clever, comical and impressively educational Lara takes a look at herself as well as social constructs which keep us repeating patterns of behavior that don’t usually end well for anyone. Her wonderful multimedia presentation helps bring all the points home. Unconventional yes, and so relatable and refreshing. More please!
One is almost struck with disbelief... can all this talent really be emanating from one person?!
Pamela is oh so talented and endearing in her solo show recounting the journey she took achieving what she had been told was an impossible dream. We are left entertained and rooting for her all the way. Her smile and enthusiasm are infectious and her dance moves (and yes... LOTS of dancing!😁) are guaranteed to stir up the music in your heart.
The video presentations and photos are well placed, giving us a real look into the dance life she carved out for herself.
Loved the honesty as well as the secrets she chose to share.
So nice to hear her speak up about the things that otherwise fester as shame... stories, I, for one, can relate to.
What a powerful tour de force into the landscape of crumbling self esteem and destructive vices. Crystal Bush brings in a powerful performance with equal measures hilarity and horror as we witness her struggle with ways to suppress issues of abandonment and self love.
Crystal Bush is as mesmerizing as the drugs she personifies in the piece. An entertaining education that I am happy to have only witnessed and not experienced first hand. Crystal is a powerful and polished actress whose characterization are as good as they get. I think I just saw Best Solo Show of HFF19!
WHAT I LIKED The sweetest!!! Her incredible stage persona and willingness to share her personal struggles was exquisitely entertaining and deeply moving. A masterpiece of a one woman show with some ‘assistance'. It all worked so well! I was so completely captivated and ready to sign up for any workshop she might be offering. Lucky us that she would share her enthusiasm and expertise! Cat is mesmerizing and fabulous in her Vixen persona but what I had not expected was to be completely caught up and extremely moved by her very personal and introspective journey. Just brilliant ❤❤❤!
Like diving into a pool of art. Jumping off the brain and splashing into pure spirit with a mouthful of passion on the way up. Wow, so that is what art is about. Love it!