WHY: To watch Lorelei onstage is to witness a woman not afraid to reveal all the pieces of herself. A woman who allows her vulnerability to be on full display. It was an incredible experience to be in the audience. There is this Lucille Ball quality to her, the ability to be incredibly funny while using self-caricature to enter the truth of what it means to be human—the resonance of one’s experiences and seeing them in real time. This is a magical piece that will continue to expand. When Lorelei opened her mouth and began to sing, it was an immediate emotional transportation. My heart fluttered as I did not expect to hear her sing, and there she was, this glorious light onstage that brought the room to stillness. I could have sat in that theatre with no awareness of time until the sun went down.
HOW:This production only had three viewings, but keep an eye out for extensions or arrivals at other Festivals, including Cannonball 23 in Philadelphia this September. Learn more at https://ascarisborn.wordpress.com/
WHY: Amber’s one-person show invites us to journey with her through the moments that took her away from the most expressive and shining parts of herself. She instead started to defer to the needs and the dysfunction of others, while trying to protect them, too. It is a story you would not expect from such a powerful, graceful woman and that is what makes the show powerful. This story is a chance to consider that we are not privy to the winding path a person has tread to wake up to all of who they are. These are stories worth hearing.
WHY: This show is a combination of humor, wit and charm. At its core, it is about self-discovery. What starts as a love for books and a series of nudges from the universe leads Nancy Beverly on a personal journey toward finding her true identity. Is Nancy a boy or a girl? It’s a question she is asked as a child and it’s one that stays with her until a spiritual awakening brings her to the answers she seeks. Every moment of this solo play is a precious, well crafted masterpiece, which is not surprising because Nancy Beverly is an accomplished writer. But, there’s also the added layer of warmth and vulnerability in her performance that adds so much heart to the piece. The tone of the play is lighthearted and sweet and the performance is thoroughly engaging.
WHERE:studio/stage(Main Space), 520 N. Western Ave + livestream
WHY: Is there any greater joy than sitting in the theater and laughing? If your answer is a resounding “NO!!,” then do not hesitate for another moment. Run, don’t walk, to witness the magnificence that is “Truly Outrageous: An Unofficial Jem and the Holograms Musical Parody.” This trippy, fresh, bodacious, gnarly, totally tubular and rad experience deserves every accolade and standing ovation.