UPROOTED

Critics

LemonMeter

Reviews: 2

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 2

Buckle your seat belts as the creatures of Vanessa’s inner world take you on the flight of her life! A disturbance triggers violent weather in Vanessa’s inner world, endangering matriarch Elda, the elder tree, the voice of Vanessa’s wisdom. Elda leads Vanessa’s inner creatures on a journey to remind Vanessa of her strength.

Uprooted eight times for her father’s career, Vanessa struggled to find the place she calls home. At five years old she embraced Hong Kong as her home where her family thrived on a magical adventure. But when her Dad accepts a job in Buffalo, NY, the home Vanessa knew disappears. Her Mother’s glowing spirit dims and their heartstrings intertwine. Her mother’s depression weighs on Vanessa’s young heart as she faces unexpected turbulence at her middle school. At eleven years old Vanessa develops an eating disorder that withers away her roots. Inner demons begin to seep into her mind, distorting her self-image as she confuses their voices with her own.

Vanessa’s demons take control of the flight and her mind as she is moved again and again, facing bullies, saying unexpected goodbyes to friends, and hoping for the day to come where she’d get to choose where home is. But is home a place or a feeling? Full of exciting adventure, triumph and heartbreak; Vanessa frees herself from the restraints of her inner demons and proclaims her power to define her own fate. Uprooted is a young woman’s resilient story of growing into the strong, rooted woman she is meant to be.

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Reviews

"A fantastical and beautiful story that takes us on a journey through time and space, all aboard VanessAir. We get to fly back to Vanessa’s past as we learn about her constant moving around the world; the constant uprooting and the effects that had on her. Vanessa is an amazing writer and beautiful storyteller. Her vulnerability is absolutely beautiful and powerful."

sweet - jannica olin


"A Powerfully Precious Magical Mystery Ride straight from the Heart of Vanessa Boss! Vanessa moved seamlessly between a dozen fantastical childhood characters – activating each and every one to the very fullest . . . w/the greatest of ease. A heart-wrenching – tear jerking – laugh out loud journey into the Heart and Mind of a Beautiful Talented Being. Do not miss it!"

sweet - ABLESSEDEVENT


"Boss switches from character to character, accent to accent, with astonishing facility and ease. Even with our seatbelts securely fastened—Uprooted uses air travel as a framing device—it can feel as though we are roaming about the cabin, running alongside the actress from one end of the stage to the other... Jessica Lynn Johnson’s direction keeps the assemblage of fast-moving scenes tight and coherent. "

sweet - Tom Waldman - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"Vanessa Boss revealed so much in this show which was totally relatable and filled me with more hope that I was following the correct path. What made her show so different was her use of mythological creatures to represent the different aspects of Boss’ psyche and bring her struggles to life so that we could all cheer as she made life-changing discoveries. Although a bit slow at first, she soon hit her stride and kept the audience mesmerized with her beautiful storytelling."

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


"Boss switches from character to character, accent to accent, with astonishing facility and ease. Even with our seatbelts securely fastened—Uprooted uses air travel as a framing device—it can feel as though we are roaming about the cabin, running alongside the actress from one end of the stage to the other... Jessica Lynn Johnson’s direction keeps the assemblage of fast-moving scenes tight and coherent. "

sweet - Tom Waldman - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"Vanessa Boss revealed so much in this show which was totally relatable and filled me with more hope that I was following the correct path. What made her show so different was her use of mythological creatures to represent the different aspects of Boss’ psyche and bring her struggles to life so that we could all cheer as she made life-changing discoveries. Although a bit slow at first, she soon hit her stride and kept the audience mesmerized with her beautiful storytelling."

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


"A fantastical and beautiful story that takes us on a journey through time and space, all aboard VanessAir. We get to fly back to Vanessa’s past as we learn about her constant moving around the world; the constant uprooting and the effects that had on her. Vanessa is an amazing writer and beautiful storyteller. Her vulnerability is absolutely beautiful and powerful."

sweet - jannica olin


"A Powerfully Precious Magical Mystery Ride straight from the Heart of Vanessa Boss! Vanessa moved seamlessly between a dozen fantastical childhood characters – activating each and every one to the very fullest . . . w/the greatest of ease. A heart-wrenching – tear jerking – laugh out loud journey into the Heart and Mind of a Beautiful Talented Being. Do not miss it!"

sweet - ABLESSEDEVENT