Raised By Wolves

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Reviews: 3

Audience

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Reviews: 32

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You learn to survive quick when you're being dragged behind a team of sled dogs. A comedy about a girl and her dogsled team navigating the rocky terrain of growing up and her quest to become the alpha of her own pack.

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Just a smart, funny, one-woman show that has something new to learn about "The Pack" and ourselves. Really loved it!

sweet - John Mizialko


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This show is smart, funny, and heart-wrenching. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes seeing great theatre!

sweet - Devin


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This show was so wonderful! Marla is charming, funny, courageous and tells a story that's incredibly heartfelt, moving and unexpected. I would recommend this show to anyone, Marla is brilliant!

sweet - Rowan Wheeler


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Raised By Wolves was a brilliant show filled with humor and unexpected turns. It was very entertaining and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to see it!

sweet - Katrina Mitchell


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Just terrific—honest, hilarious, unabashedly Canadian, and taking place in a world that is wholly unique and equal parts magical and brutal. Marla gives a rich and brave performance and you will be thinking about her story for weeks after you hear the whole truth.

sweet - Evan


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Marla Black’s charming portrayal elevates her well done script to something very special. A must see!

sweet - Sam Rousso


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Wow! Marla Black’s Raised By Wolves was informative, entertaining, funny and touching. It takes the audience through an emotional journey and by the end I was simultaneously laughing and crying. Marla is a wonderful storyteller and her performance is both grounded and raw.
My husband is Canadian and we have 3 dogs and soon to be 2 children. Since seeing the show, pack structure has been a regular topic of conversation. 🤣 Definitely go see this. You will not be disappointed.

sweet - Diana Fishman


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Absolutely loved this show. I laughed and then I cried. A deeply honest but hilarious look into her childhood and upbringing.

sweet - Megan Gilbert


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I saw Raised by Wolves once and knew I had to see it again. I really haven't seen a one person show that was so cleverly crafted with an out of the norm story, that made me laugh and ripped my heart out. Beautifully written and performed by Marla Black. This is a movie or a book I would stay home from work to read or see. How we survive and what we get grateful for is my take away!

sweet - barbara deutsch


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Great show! Heartfelt, funny, powerful writing, super moving arc. I literally laughed and cried. Don't miss it!

sweet - Erika Abdelatif


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Marla's show was incredibly funny, moving, and memorable. Made me think for days after. Thoroughly enjoyed the show!

sweet - Sarah


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A charming, funny, and poignant coming-of-age story set in the wild world of dogsledding.

Marla Black is a charismatic and talented performer, deftly bouncing between ridiculous caricatures, direct addresses to the audience, and genuinely moving moments. Her story is unique, hilarious, and very surprising, and her staging lends just enough effects to take the audience to the Canadian wilderness. A brave, silly, and insightful solo show.

sweet - Eric DePriester


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Once again a brave solo artist has given us an absolute gem that is easily one of the best, if not the best, show at HFF19. All the way from Canada comes the compelling and emotionally draining story of Marla Black, and I was proud to be crying by the end of the show. I learned so much about the pack structure of wolves and sled dogs, and how it applies to every day living. This was a Ted Talk/Seminar disguised as a Fringe show, and would be a bargain at ten times the price. Don’t miss this priceless and thought-provoking show.

sweet - Bob Leggett - LA Music Critic - ...read full review


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Loved the show. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Marla did a great job writing and performing the play. I laughed a lot.

sweet - Charles Forsgren


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What I liked
The show is going one-way then takes a hard, unexpected turn. The visual elements makes this more personal, authentic. The drama is heightened because of how it sneaks up on you after lots of levity.

Also, my father is Canadian so the Canada jokes hit hard for me.

What I didn't like
I wanted your father character to interact with the audience more. But that’s just nitpicking.

My overall impression
Marla Black is a dynamic, versatile performer- showcasing her comedic timing, wit, raw emotions, and beautiful sensitivity in this badass, brilliant one-woman show.

sweet - Scott Langer, writer of Thank You For Loving Me


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I loved this! It was funny. It was sad. It was such an insane story. Marla is a great actress and her range is stellar.

sweet - Sam Lembeck


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Raised by Wolves is a wildly entertaining, funny and heartbreaking adventure of a show that shouldn’t be missed. Marla’s solo performance is exceptional and the writing and pace at which her story is delivered brings the audience on a remarkable ride that keeps you hanging on to her every word .

sweet - Greg Johnson


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Marla Black has a crazy story to tell, one that will make you think for quite a while after. I found myself looking at my own world in a different way. Marla is a witty writer and tells her story with humor, grace, and emotion. I learned something new, laughed out loud, gasped, and cried. Raised by Wolves is a real work of art. I loved the education on pack structure and her journey within it. I loved Marla’s portrayal of her dad in the beginning, her honesty, and her ability to connect with the audience.

sweet - Christi Pedigo


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It’s deeply personal look into her upbringing in a house that embraces pack structure. But also so much more. Marla Black takes with her for her triumphs and defeats, her thrills and dangers, and her incredible journey to find a pack of her own.

Marla’s simple charm is disarming, and you are pulled along for the ride. The show was both everything and nothing like I thought it would be. I loved being part of her pack for a little while.

sweet - Jim Blanchette


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Marla is so likable and it makes us fall in love with her and her show the second she steps on the stage. There is not a single part of her that the audience dislikes and we are rooting for her the whole way. I so appreciate and admire her honesty and candor and how she so easily transitioned from humor to devastation so smoothly and with ease. I hope she makes another show because I will for sure be in that audience. If you decide to skip this show, you are making a sorry mistake. Get your butt in one of those seats and see for yourself.

sweet - Lara Repko


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Marla tells an incredible heartfelt, funny yet dark story about growing up in Canada, being raised by her alpha father and her quest to have her own dogsled team and to be an alpha. I really loved this show. For a minute I couldn’t see where it was going but without giving too much away the ending was unexpected and brought me to tears.

sweet - Lea Walker


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Two for the price of one are worth two for the price of four. Raised by Wolves, written and produced by Marla Black, and Pho Girl, written and directed by Steve Chambers, produced and performed by Brigette Ngo-Trinh, are the same coming-into-being story distinctly and uniquely told. Neither Raised By Wolves nor Pho Girl fall into the self-indulgent trap of many solo shows wherein the actor forgets that her job is not to confess her life but to tell her story; the former is masturbation, the latter, performance. In Raised By Wolves, Marla Black regales us with her life lesson learned from wolves that the rite of passage from Omega wolf to Alpha female is arduous bur necessary. In Pho Girl, food is the vehicle for self-discovery; the flavors of the many cultures comprising Brigette Pho-Trinh's’ DNA become the single flavor of her life, and in her courage to taste it, so do we taste our own. Marla wags our tails; Brigette feeds us (literally). We cannot ask for more except to make sure that Raised By Wolves and Pho Girl each become a Pick Of The Fringe!

sweet - Michael Fuller


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Emotional, riveting, and relatable, I was blown away by Marla’s performance. She takes you along her story in such a way that you’ll find yourself dissecting parts of your own life in this beautiful rollercoaster of belly laughs and streaming tears.

sweet - Jess Anderson


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Ms. Black’s tale is full of humor and hope, and spiced with the startling, unexpected intrusion of the most primal horror.

sweet - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


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...among the solo shows at Fringe this year, this world-premiere from Marla Black is an Alpha.  You will laugh, you may cry, and you will most certainly enjoy “Raised by Wolves.”

sweet - Zachary Bernstein - Fringe Review UK - ...read full review


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Raised By Wolves is, from first moment to last, a captivating show. Marla's performance is funny and powerful, and at its heart, vulnerable. Marla does a lot with a few simple props and music cues, successfully drawing us into her unusual and fascinating upbringing. The relationships Marla illuminates are engaging, poignant, and at their best, powerfully surprising. A highly enjoyable show.

sweet - Kevin Lavelle


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Emotional rollercoaster. Thought provoking. Great performance by Marla Black /especially loved her portrayal of her father.

sweet - Susan Downey


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I LOVED this SHOW! What I deeply enjoyed about it was Marla’s storytelling narrative skills, her childhood innocence portrayed so sweetly, her sense of humor and self-awareness, the pauses and transitions in the different acts, and how it felt like everything that she included in her show was important and needed—-there was no fluff or any parts that felt unnecessary. I witnessed the range of her acting skills here and was so impressed! I loved how she dug deep into painful memories into her past and worked through them and yet somehow managed to wrap them up at the end without it seeming saccharine or insincere, the story really did feel like there was a happy ending continuing to unfold for Marla. With more amazing things to come! I couldn’t help but cheer her on!

A deeply moving performance and something everyone needs to see! This needs to be a movie!

sweet - Courtney


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A powerful story told creatively with vulnerability and humor. Beautiful performance by Marla Black.

sweet - Rita Baghdadi


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I liked that I get engaged in the show as an audience member. Marla made the audience a part of her performance and I think that put everyone at ease. I can’t think of anything that would need to be improved. It’s a very tight, 1 hour performance without any lulls. I thought the show was fantastic. Marla’s ease with slipping between comedy and tragedy had me on the edge of my seat. She is an amazing performer and I would love to see the show again.

sweet - Edward


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Raised By Wolves absolutely blew me away. Marla led us through her past and balanced it perfectly with whimsy, dark humor, pathos. And if that wasn’t enough she gave us a twist that still has me thinking about this performance. It will live with me for quite some time. Excellent! Amazing!

sweet - Wesley Jermaine Johnson


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Marla's show was an engaging and unexpected roller coaster of comedy and tragedy told in an inventive and intimate way. Her talents as a story teller match the authenticity of her delivery and the imagination behind her performance. Couldn't recommend it enough!

sweet - Jeremiah Hammerling


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Marla is the consummate storyteller/performer. She enthralled the audience for one hour with her heartfelt story. We laughed, we cried. Superb show, well crafted, the best! Loved every minute. It doesn't get any better than this one.

sweet - dorothy segar


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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.

sweet - Lisa Velo


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Marla tells a moving story with a few unexpected twists and a lot of humor + heart. She's got a lot of great visual aids too - photos, hand drawn caricatures, stuffed animals - to help carry her tale. I don't know much about the world of dog sledding, so it was cool to learn a thing or two - Marla did a good job of weaving interesting facts seamlessly into her performance. I also loved the way that Marla invited the audience into her story. She is very engaging - it really felt like we were all on a journey together. Great, dynamic one-woman show - would see again!

sweet - Pete


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Once again a brave solo artist has given us an absolute gem that is easily one of the best, if not the best, show at HFF19. All the way from Canada comes the compelling and emotionally draining story of Marla Black, and I was proud to be crying by the end of the show. I learned so much about the pack structure of wolves and sled dogs, and how it applies to every day living. This was a Ted Talk/Seminar disguised as a Fringe show, and would be a bargain at ten times the price. Don’t miss this priceless and thought-provoking show.

sweet - Bob Leggett - LA Music Critic - ...read full review


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Ms. Black’s tale is full of humor and hope, and spiced with the startling, unexpected intrusion of the most primal horror.

sweet - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


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...among the solo shows at Fringe this year, this world-premiere from Marla Black is an Alpha.  You will laugh, you may cry, and you will most certainly enjoy “Raised by Wolves.”

sweet - Zachary Bernstein - Fringe Review UK - ...read full review


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Just a smart, funny, one-woman show that has something new to learn about "The Pack" and ourselves. Really loved it!

sweet - John Mizialko


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This show is smart, funny, and heart-wrenching. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes seeing great theatre!

sweet - Devin


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This show was so wonderful! Marla is charming, funny, courageous and tells a story that's incredibly heartfelt, moving and unexpected. I would recommend this show to anyone, Marla is brilliant!

sweet - Rowan Wheeler


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Raised By Wolves was a brilliant show filled with humor and unexpected turns. It was very entertaining and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to see it!

sweet - Katrina Mitchell


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Just terrific—honest, hilarious, unabashedly Canadian, and taking place in a world that is wholly unique and equal parts magical and brutal. Marla gives a rich and brave performance and you will be thinking about her story for weeks after you hear the whole truth.

sweet - Evan


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Marla Black’s charming portrayal elevates her well done script to something very special. A must see!

sweet - Sam Rousso


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Wow! Marla Black’s Raised By Wolves was informative, entertaining, funny and touching. It takes the audience through an emotional journey and by the end I was simultaneously laughing and crying. Marla is a wonderful storyteller and her performance is both grounded and raw.
My husband is Canadian and we have 3 dogs and soon to be 2 children. Since seeing the show, pack structure has been a regular topic of conversation. 🤣 Definitely go see this. You will not be disappointed.

sweet - Diana Fishman


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Absolutely loved this show. I laughed and then I cried. A deeply honest but hilarious look into her childhood and upbringing.

sweet - Megan Gilbert


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I saw Raised by Wolves once and knew I had to see it again. I really haven't seen a one person show that was so cleverly crafted with an out of the norm story, that made me laugh and ripped my heart out. Beautifully written and performed by Marla Black. This is a movie or a book I would stay home from work to read or see. How we survive and what we get grateful for is my take away!

sweet - barbara deutsch


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Great show! Heartfelt, funny, powerful writing, super moving arc. I literally laughed and cried. Don't miss it!

sweet - Erika Abdelatif


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Marla's show was incredibly funny, moving, and memorable. Made me think for days after. Thoroughly enjoyed the show!

sweet - Sarah


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A charming, funny, and poignant coming-of-age story set in the wild world of dogsledding.

Marla Black is a charismatic and talented performer, deftly bouncing between ridiculous caricatures, direct addresses to the audience, and genuinely moving moments. Her story is unique, hilarious, and very surprising, and her staging lends just enough effects to take the audience to the Canadian wilderness. A brave, silly, and insightful solo show.

sweet - Eric DePriester


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Loved the show. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Marla did a great job writing and performing the play. I laughed a lot.

sweet - Charles Forsgren


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What I liked
The show is going one-way then takes a hard, unexpected turn. The visual elements makes this more personal, authentic. The drama is heightened because of how it sneaks up on you after lots of levity.

Also, my father is Canadian so the Canada jokes hit hard for me.

What I didn't like
I wanted your father character to interact with the audience more. But that’s just nitpicking.

My overall impression
Marla Black is a dynamic, versatile performer- showcasing her comedic timing, wit, raw emotions, and beautiful sensitivity in this badass, brilliant one-woman show.

sweet - Scott Langer, writer of Thank You For Loving Me


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I loved this! It was funny. It was sad. It was such an insane story. Marla is a great actress and her range is stellar.

sweet - Sam Lembeck


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Raised by Wolves is a wildly entertaining, funny and heartbreaking adventure of a show that shouldn’t be missed. Marla’s solo performance is exceptional and the writing and pace at which her story is delivered brings the audience on a remarkable ride that keeps you hanging on to her every word .

sweet - Greg Johnson


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Marla Black has a crazy story to tell, one that will make you think for quite a while after. I found myself looking at my own world in a different way. Marla is a witty writer and tells her story with humor, grace, and emotion. I learned something new, laughed out loud, gasped, and cried. Raised by Wolves is a real work of art. I loved the education on pack structure and her journey within it. I loved Marla’s portrayal of her dad in the beginning, her honesty, and her ability to connect with the audience.

sweet - Christi Pedigo


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It’s deeply personal look into her upbringing in a house that embraces pack structure. But also so much more. Marla Black takes with her for her triumphs and defeats, her thrills and dangers, and her incredible journey to find a pack of her own.

Marla’s simple charm is disarming, and you are pulled along for the ride. The show was both everything and nothing like I thought it would be. I loved being part of her pack for a little while.

sweet - Jim Blanchette


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Marla is so likable and it makes us fall in love with her and her show the second she steps on the stage. There is not a single part of her that the audience dislikes and we are rooting for her the whole way. I so appreciate and admire her honesty and candor and how she so easily transitioned from humor to devastation so smoothly and with ease. I hope she makes another show because I will for sure be in that audience. If you decide to skip this show, you are making a sorry mistake. Get your butt in one of those seats and see for yourself.

sweet - Lara Repko


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Marla tells an incredible heartfelt, funny yet dark story about growing up in Canada, being raised by her alpha father and her quest to have her own dogsled team and to be an alpha. I really loved this show. For a minute I couldn’t see where it was going but without giving too much away the ending was unexpected and brought me to tears.

sweet - Lea Walker


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Two for the price of one are worth two for the price of four. Raised by Wolves, written and produced by Marla Black, and Pho Girl, written and directed by Steve Chambers, produced and performed by Brigette Ngo-Trinh, are the same coming-into-being story distinctly and uniquely told. Neither Raised By Wolves nor Pho Girl fall into the self-indulgent trap of many solo shows wherein the actor forgets that her job is not to confess her life but to tell her story; the former is masturbation, the latter, performance. In Raised By Wolves, Marla Black regales us with her life lesson learned from wolves that the rite of passage from Omega wolf to Alpha female is arduous bur necessary. In Pho Girl, food is the vehicle for self-discovery; the flavors of the many cultures comprising Brigette Pho-Trinh's’ DNA become the single flavor of her life, and in her courage to taste it, so do we taste our own. Marla wags our tails; Brigette feeds us (literally). We cannot ask for more except to make sure that Raised By Wolves and Pho Girl each become a Pick Of The Fringe!

sweet - Michael Fuller


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Emotional, riveting, and relatable, I was blown away by Marla’s performance. She takes you along her story in such a way that you’ll find yourself dissecting parts of your own life in this beautiful rollercoaster of belly laughs and streaming tears.

sweet - Jess Anderson


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Raised By Wolves is, from first moment to last, a captivating show. Marla's performance is funny and powerful, and at its heart, vulnerable. Marla does a lot with a few simple props and music cues, successfully drawing us into her unusual and fascinating upbringing. The relationships Marla illuminates are engaging, poignant, and at their best, powerfully surprising. A highly enjoyable show.

sweet - Kevin Lavelle


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Emotional rollercoaster. Thought provoking. Great performance by Marla Black /especially loved her portrayal of her father.

sweet - Susan Downey


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I LOVED this SHOW! What I deeply enjoyed about it was Marla’s storytelling narrative skills, her childhood innocence portrayed so sweetly, her sense of humor and self-awareness, the pauses and transitions in the different acts, and how it felt like everything that she included in her show was important and needed—-there was no fluff or any parts that felt unnecessary. I witnessed the range of her acting skills here and was so impressed! I loved how she dug deep into painful memories into her past and worked through them and yet somehow managed to wrap them up at the end without it seeming saccharine or insincere, the story really did feel like there was a happy ending continuing to unfold for Marla. With more amazing things to come! I couldn’t help but cheer her on!

A deeply moving performance and something everyone needs to see! This needs to be a movie!

sweet - Courtney


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A powerful story told creatively with vulnerability and humor. Beautiful performance by Marla Black.

sweet - Rita Baghdadi


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I liked that I get engaged in the show as an audience member. Marla made the audience a part of her performance and I think that put everyone at ease. I can’t think of anything that would need to be improved. It’s a very tight, 1 hour performance without any lulls. I thought the show was fantastic. Marla’s ease with slipping between comedy and tragedy had me on the edge of my seat. She is an amazing performer and I would love to see the show again.

sweet - Edward


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Raised By Wolves absolutely blew me away. Marla led us through her past and balanced it perfectly with whimsy, dark humor, pathos. And if that wasn’t enough she gave us a twist that still has me thinking about this performance. It will live with me for quite some time. Excellent! Amazing!

sweet - Wesley Jermaine Johnson


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Marla's show was an engaging and unexpected roller coaster of comedy and tragedy told in an inventive and intimate way. Her talents as a story teller match the authenticity of her delivery and the imagination behind her performance. Couldn't recommend it enough!

sweet - Jeremiah Hammerling


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Marla is the consummate storyteller/performer. She enthralled the audience for one hour with her heartfelt story. We laughed, we cried. Superb show, well crafted, the best! Loved every minute. It doesn't get any better than this one.

sweet - dorothy segar


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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.

sweet - Lisa Velo


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Marla tells a moving story with a few unexpected twists and a lot of humor + heart. She's got a lot of great visual aids too - photos, hand drawn caricatures, stuffed animals - to help carry her tale. I don't know much about the world of dog sledding, so it was cool to learn a thing or two - Marla did a good job of weaving interesting facts seamlessly into her performance. I also loved the way that Marla invited the audience into her story. She is very engaging - it really felt like we were all on a journey together. Great, dynamic one-woman show - would see again!

sweet - Pete