Anxiety Written

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Reviews: 1

Audience

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Reviews: 12

Both hilarious and moving, this relatable story follows a girl with OCD through the struggles and triumphs of treatment, and the quirky shenanigans of growing up anxious. The artfully crafted narrative explores the stigma of mental illness and comedic growing pains that accompany any meaningful change. Anxiety Written is performed by a National Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Jessica Carleton.

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"The largely blank canvas of the stage is an asset in this case as it affords Ms. Carelton room to do her thing without much interference. She's a great actress-able to effortlessly embody character with the simplest shift of body language, mannerisms, accent, and all that jazz, yet it never felt like-showboating. She made it all flow into her conversational style- as if someone recounting their day just happened to be an effortlessly great story-teller and skilled mimic so the narrative washes over instead of feeling too self-indulgent or like a story in which important details are being lost due to author's self-consciousness. Her passages on O.C.D.-while specific to her experiences- contained useful lessons without being being didactic. Humor is well-used and keeps the enterprise from appearing to revel in self-pity. Lightening was also well done. Those Emmy's didn't write themselves! Some great 90's music during the intro."

sweet - randell wakefield


"Anxiety Written proves that one person and a wooden crate is more than enough to create an entertaining and emotionally moving experience, as well as a lasting impression. I did not expect to be whipped through maze of emotions and involuntary reactions in an hour but Anxiety Written delivers in the most beautiful way possible. After experiencing the show, it hardly seems surprising that Jessica Carleton is an award-winning writer; with nothing more than a black wooden crate, a seed of truth and her imagination she was able to transport an entire room into her childhood. At the end of the show I didn't just feel like I knew Jessica Carleton better, I felt like I knew more about my own self than when I had walked into the theatre."

sweet - Steven Cooper


"Wow! Jessica is absolutely brilliant on every level. Anxiety Written is a beautiful, relatable, and powerful one-women-show. With the perfect balance of humor and heart. It will have you laughing out loud and welling up with tears. I was completely captivated from the beginning till the end. A standing ovation, must-see show that will leave you wanting an encore. Don't miss it!"

sweet - Serena Vienings


"Seeing this performance was an amazing experience! This was honest, humorous, and touching. I was floored! I was on the edge of my seat from lights up to lights down. Every moment of gratitude made me tear up. There are several moments where Jessica talked about the people that have helped her on her journey and that recognition was very moving to me."

sweet - Jake Kornely


"Jessica Carleton's play “Anxiety Written” was outstanding. Her one-woman show is full of humor and heartfelt emotion. It makes a powerful statement about the impact of mental health disorders on individuals and their families. It's about the struggle, the journey and the hope. I wish everyone could see this performance!"

sweet - Gail Sikevitz


"I'm so glad I was able to catch this amazing show. While the experience Jessica Carleton recounts in Anxiety Written is very specific, through that specificity Jessica expresses universal emotional truths about fear, stigma, growth, and resilience. A beautiful piece about the secrets we carry and embracing the hardships that shape us, I bet it'll have you laughing out loud and ugly crying at the same time."

sweet - Jean Ansolabehere


Patrick Chavis
"Jessica is an excellent storyteller and her real-life situations are not only relatable but the stories are genuinely funny."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - Podcast - ...read full review


"Jessica's work in this piece, as both writer and actress, is spellbinding. Plays within plays unfold with utter ease, painting a uniquely cathartic portrait of a perfectly imperfect mind. From infuriating stories of schoolyard anxiety, to hilarious psychotherapeutic minutia, to deeply honest self-realizations and healings that left me outright bawling, this is a seemingly simple play that sets a sky-high bar for the proverbial “one woman show.” Bravo!"

sweet - Keith Harrison


"Anxiety Written is one of my very favorite things I've seen at Fringe. Jess lets her audience in on a tremendous uphill battle with humor, grace, and raw emotion. I learned so much about her struggle, while also immediately finding parallels with the people in my own life. I can't recommend it enough, and I'm sure glad I didn't miss it."

sweet - Matthew Gudernatch


"Jessica Carleton has dug deep into her own psyche to bring forth a beautiful show that makes you laugh, smile, and cry. She has gone above and beyond to achieve what any actor and director wants to achieve: Sharing a different part of the world, that not all of us may be a part of, and contextualizing it in such a way that lets everyone be a part of it. I absolutely enjoyed, laughed, and learned from this talented up-and-coming writer/director/actor. Do not miss this show!"

sweet - Joshua Berlin


Steve Chang
"This is a show you should definitely see! Jessica is an incredible writer and performer. She hooks in the audience and commands the stage with her presence, while opening up and sharing her personal story in a heartfelt way. It seemed like everyone in the audience was moved by this performance. This show is the real deal!"

sweet - Steve Chang


"Poignant yet hilarious! Very honest, real, and personal storytelling. Jess is clearly a very experienced and gifted actor, and this is a legit theatrical production, with the lighting and staging enhancing the story she tells. The emphasis is definitely on the personal aspect, not the clinical. While this is an intense show, and is rather heartbreaking at moments, Jess balances that with a lot of humor, and the crowd on Saturday night was definitely laughing out loud. Honest, funny, real, poignant, well-written and well-performed. Highly recommended - so very worth an hour of your time!"

sweet - Andy Leinbach


"This moving, personal, and relatable one person show of a woman's struggle to deal with the dark monsters in her closet is emotionally raw. Jessica Carleton has created a piece in which there is never a dull moment, seamlessly bouncing between all the characters in her life who have made her who she is. With great acting, great light design, and wonderful staging, she puts on a streamlined and fast moving look into life with restrictions. I applaud her and everyone involved."

sweet - John Patrick Daly


Patrick Chavis
"Jessica is an excellent storyteller and her real-life situations are not only relatable but the stories are genuinely funny."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - Podcast - ...read full review


"The largely blank canvas of the stage is an asset in this case as it affords Ms. Carelton room to do her thing without much interference. She's a great actress-able to effortlessly embody character with the simplest shift of body language, mannerisms, accent, and all that jazz, yet it never felt like-showboating. She made it all flow into her conversational style- as if someone recounting their day just happened to be an effortlessly great story-teller and skilled mimic so the narrative washes over instead of feeling too self-indulgent or like a story in which important details are being lost due to author's self-consciousness. Her passages on O.C.D.-while specific to her experiences- contained useful lessons without being being didactic. Humor is well-used and keeps the enterprise from appearing to revel in self-pity. Lightening was also well done. Those Emmy's didn't write themselves! Some great 90's music during the intro."

sweet - randell wakefield


"Anxiety Written proves that one person and a wooden crate is more than enough to create an entertaining and emotionally moving experience, as well as a lasting impression. I did not expect to be whipped through maze of emotions and involuntary reactions in an hour but Anxiety Written delivers in the most beautiful way possible. After experiencing the show, it hardly seems surprising that Jessica Carleton is an award-winning writer; with nothing more than a black wooden crate, a seed of truth and her imagination she was able to transport an entire room into her childhood. At the end of the show I didn't just feel like I knew Jessica Carleton better, I felt like I knew more about my own self than when I had walked into the theatre."

sweet - Steven Cooper


"Wow! Jessica is absolutely brilliant on every level. Anxiety Written is a beautiful, relatable, and powerful one-women-show. With the perfect balance of humor and heart. It will have you laughing out loud and welling up with tears. I was completely captivated from the beginning till the end. A standing ovation, must-see show that will leave you wanting an encore. Don't miss it!"

sweet - Serena Vienings


"Seeing this performance was an amazing experience! This was honest, humorous, and touching. I was floored! I was on the edge of my seat from lights up to lights down. Every moment of gratitude made me tear up. There are several moments where Jessica talked about the people that have helped her on her journey and that recognition was very moving to me."

sweet - Jake Kornely


"Jessica Carleton's play “Anxiety Written” was outstanding. Her one-woman show is full of humor and heartfelt emotion. It makes a powerful statement about the impact of mental health disorders on individuals and their families. It's about the struggle, the journey and the hope. I wish everyone could see this performance!"

sweet - Gail Sikevitz


"I'm so glad I was able to catch this amazing show. While the experience Jessica Carleton recounts in Anxiety Written is very specific, through that specificity Jessica expresses universal emotional truths about fear, stigma, growth, and resilience. A beautiful piece about the secrets we carry and embracing the hardships that shape us, I bet it'll have you laughing out loud and ugly crying at the same time."

sweet - Jean Ansolabehere


"Jessica's work in this piece, as both writer and actress, is spellbinding. Plays within plays unfold with utter ease, painting a uniquely cathartic portrait of a perfectly imperfect mind. From infuriating stories of schoolyard anxiety, to hilarious psychotherapeutic minutia, to deeply honest self-realizations and healings that left me outright bawling, this is a seemingly simple play that sets a sky-high bar for the proverbial “one woman show.” Bravo!"

sweet - Keith Harrison


"Anxiety Written is one of my very favorite things I've seen at Fringe. Jess lets her audience in on a tremendous uphill battle with humor, grace, and raw emotion. I learned so much about her struggle, while also immediately finding parallels with the people in my own life. I can't recommend it enough, and I'm sure glad I didn't miss it."

sweet - Matthew Gudernatch


"Jessica Carleton has dug deep into her own psyche to bring forth a beautiful show that makes you laugh, smile, and cry. She has gone above and beyond to achieve what any actor and director wants to achieve: Sharing a different part of the world, that not all of us may be a part of, and contextualizing it in such a way that lets everyone be a part of it. I absolutely enjoyed, laughed, and learned from this talented up-and-coming writer/director/actor. Do not miss this show!"

sweet - Joshua Berlin


Steve Chang
"This is a show you should definitely see! Jessica is an incredible writer and performer. She hooks in the audience and commands the stage with her presence, while opening up and sharing her personal story in a heartfelt way. It seemed like everyone in the audience was moved by this performance. This show is the real deal!"

sweet - Steve Chang


"Poignant yet hilarious! Very honest, real, and personal storytelling. Jess is clearly a very experienced and gifted actor, and this is a legit theatrical production, with the lighting and staging enhancing the story she tells. The emphasis is definitely on the personal aspect, not the clinical. While this is an intense show, and is rather heartbreaking at moments, Jess balances that with a lot of humor, and the crowd on Saturday night was definitely laughing out loud. Honest, funny, real, poignant, well-written and well-performed. Highly recommended - so very worth an hour of your time!"

sweet - Andy Leinbach


"This moving, personal, and relatable one person show of a woman's struggle to deal with the dark monsters in her closet is emotionally raw. Jessica Carleton has created a piece in which there is never a dull moment, seamlessly bouncing between all the characters in her life who have made her who she is. With great acting, great light design, and wonderful staging, she puts on a streamlined and fast moving look into life with restrictions. I applaud her and everyone involved."

sweet - John Patrick Daly