WHY: Shelley returns to Fringe this year with the same level of talent she’s showcased before, but this time on a more intimate, personal level. With last year’s “La Divina”, she amazed us with her portrayal of Maria Callas, while this year we get to see her portray herself…and I’m so glad she did! She maintains the same composure as a performer while dissecting her voyage through searching for love. As someone in a similar age bracket who still hasn’t found “the one”, this show totally resonated with me. But I believe it will resonate with everyone, especially since she once again shares the amazing, angelic gift that is her singing voice. She also deftly uses pre-written songs to craft her narrative, something I had no clue about until talking to her afterward. I could watch Shelley perform just about anything (and will) and I suggest you do too!
WHERE: studio/stage (Main Space) 520 N. Western Ave + Livestream
WHY: Becca takes an unheralded topic in asexuality and dissects her journey in an amazingly fun and poignant manner. Growing up in a world where men are supposed to be sexual beasts or considered inferior, she guides us through the story of her previous identity Robert, discovering how he fits in to such a limited social paradigm. WIth twists and turns galore, she navigates her tale in an incredibly humorous fashion with songs that showcase her immense songwriting talents (no surprise coming from the co-writer/composer of 2016 Top of the Fringe Winner “My Big Fat Blonde Musical”). When she reaches her point of no return, the raw vulnerability and ultimate perseverance is truly inspirational. This show is one of the most entertaining as well as important shows I’ve ever seen. Do yourself a favor and go see this show while you still can!!!!
WHY: There are many moments in the theatre that knock us outside of ourselves, but I dare say it is a rare moment to be reminded of what it means to be human. This is exactly what Veronica does, and in such a naturally commanding way that it takes your breath away.
As Veronica takes us on her journey of transitioning from Carey (not some other person, really) to Veronica (her full self), we share her experiences from couch surfing to having to sleep in her car (with her favorite vices and snacks and a dying phone used as a tv) and we immediately understand the grit it takes to survive in Los Angeles. There is a moment when Veronica decides to go make-up shopping for some damn foundation! (I mean what woman hasn’t felt foreign with the stress of having to “find” your color!) This was hilarious, yet did not steal away from the urgency in which Veronica is fighting for her life. We walk away seeing a woman who was determined to honor herself – a truly powerful moment on stage, as it reinforced that humor makes way for healing. I left this seamless show believing it will save lives. I have no doubt Veronica will continue to be a beacon of light for so many of us in her community and beyond. This beautiful journey she is on as an artist will make the American Theatre richer.