Review On Yes? No? Maybe So?


Shari Barrett

Registered Critic, Writer, Publicist


In the age of "me too," no doubt many people have looked back through their lives and found times when faced with giving consent to be touched seemed just as confusing as saying "yes" or "no" when what you really thought was "maybe." Catherine Barnes takes us on a journey through her life, starting with a game of "nervous" with a local boy led her to realize no matter what, it was always going to be the girl's fault for not saying "no" and meaning it - even if she did. Her journey continues through her Fullbright scholarship days in Brazil to visiting with a neurologist because her hands were tingling and discovering all she really wanted, according to her "inner bitch" was for him to touch her in inappropriate ways.

And all along the way, Catherine sings original lyrics to well-known tunes which let us see into what she is really thinking as opposed to what she really said. It's a conundrum so many of us face when wondering if we really are telling the truth or playing a game with our minds that will allow us to feel comfortable with whatever decision we make, be it "Yes? No? or Maybe So?"

Catherine's ability to take on many characters/accents/physicality and swing back-and-forth between characters during conversations was very entertaining to watch. At first the amount of yelling during conversations was a bit bothersome, but as the show progressed it seemed to be an appropriate way of expressing her anger as the fear and confusion of situations overpowered her logical thought processes.

Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area.

As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city worked together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles.

Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles, and is honored to serve the theatre world in her hometown.

Currently she is the Publicist and a member of the Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse.