BEYOND - Unemployed. Finally.

solo performance · written and performed by heather r. dowling · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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JIM HANNA certified reviewer · June 23, 2015
The impossibly engaging Heather Dowling starts off on a traditional solo show track: A charming and hysterical storyteller spins out a winning tale stuffed full of funny and touching characters. But something else is going on here. And when she finally takes you to some of the darker, more touching moments, she kicks you right in the teeth. I think my favorite part is that there's a spoiler right in the title! You know where she's going, especially since you see her right in front of your very eyes living the life she's meant to live. And yet, my stomach was knotting up as I kept rooting for this woman to figure out her true calling. Heather somehow manages to build genuine suspense into a story you know the ending to. Genius! Well done, Hea... full review

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ROB SAVAGE · June 07, 2015
For the first fifteen minutes of the expertly crafted one woman show “Unemployed. Finally …” Heather Dowling immediately has you laughing with her at her own life and the countless jobs she’s had along the way. With only a quick spin and a subtle lighting change, Dowling shifts seamlessly from one character to another – a daunting task considering there are over 30 jobs she lays down in front of us … each job carrying with it even more employers, co-workers, counselors, or drill sergeants. She paints a vivid, often hilarious picture and stays with these characters just long enough to make us feel like we truly have met and experienced them. And yet once the scene (and job) has run its course, we realize she has unapologetically ripped th... full review

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BONNIE SLUDIKOFF · June 19, 2015
A finely crafted piece of Solo Theatre, beautifully executed by a captivating performer! Heather takes us on a familiar journey- navigating the world of thankless odd-jobs, money-making schemes, "what was I thinking" career ventures, and my favorite chapter, the Navy! Even knowing that she makes it out, I found myself on the tip of my seat, hoping she would somehow catch a break! Heather shifts seamlessly between characters- her craft with this is beautiful to watch, clean and fascinating, and not quite like any other solo performer. This show is funny (but not vapid), important and memorable (but not heavy). A delightful afternoon at the theatre and a Fringe Must-See! ... full review

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B NEWSOME certified reviewer · June 23, 2015
Heather, you made me smile! And laugh, and cry. You are such a wonderful performer. Weenie and Caroline cracked me up, and THOUGHT I had done a lot in my life, until I saw your play. lol! Great job! ... full review

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ELIZABETH HACKETT certified reviewer · June 08, 2015
Ever had a job you hate? Well, try having had 30+! Anyone who has endured horrible jobs, wacky coworkers, insane bosses, bad pay, and the 9-to-5 grind will identify with Heather Dowling in this hilarious one-woman show about bringing home the bacon -- and chasing an artistic dream. Dowling is a joy to watch. She lights up the stage, an energetic performer with a packed arsenal of voices and characters, all of whom feel plucked from real life. From maniacal Navy drill sergeants to absent-minded small town newspaper editors to dodgy gun-toting bar owners, she takes us along on the unconventional journey of employment that finally brought her to this theater in Hollywood. Be sure to pack a handkerchief or wipe an eye on your seatmate's sl... full review

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TRACY ROSEN certified reviewer · June 14, 2015
Heather Dowling takes her audience on a journey of life's trials and tribulations and fills the room with laughter, candor, and emotion that could only come from true experiences. While the show is only one hour, you come to know Heather, and soon find yourself rooting for her -- all the way home. ... full review

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KRISTYNE ELIZABETH FETSIC certified reviewer · June 21, 2015
I was fighting back tears by the end! At first I thought Heather was merely going to run through a list of her 30+ jobs but nope, I was wrong. The story she ended up telling was one that touched my heart and left me dreaming. Through her expert characterization and her courage to be 100% vulnerable in front of her audience, Heather took us through the twists and turns and tumults of her life that crescendoed in a burst of awe inspiring hope. A great play for anyone who has every felt a little lost in life...you'll leave feeling as if anything is possible and that your dreams are definitely within your reach!... full review

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DINA BILLIMORIA certified reviewer · June 12, 2015
tagged as: hilarious · funny · moving · inspiring
Heather's one-woman show was excellent! She is hilarious and has great characters. What also was impressive was the emotional depth she explored in her one-woman show. She had me at the ends of the emotional spectrum as I laughed and cried on the drop of a dime. I felt inspired and impressed with her talent. I am certain she'll be doing more roles in the Hollywood area as an authentic, talented performer. With all the various characters in the show, she displayed an amazing range. I recommend this show to everyone!! I loved it.... full review

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LEON LUDWIG certified reviewer · June 11, 2015
This show is awesome. I can so relate to the humor in our work and the people that we encounter in our jobs. I have not laughed that hard in a long time. I was dying for more when the show ended. Do yourself a favor and see this, you will not be disappointed. ... full review

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JAMIE ANN BURKE certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
Wow. This performance of Unemployed. Finally. was nothing short of breathtaking. I laughed, I cried, I literally traveled a span of 25 years in an hour and I was so engaged in the performance that the timw flew by. This is a tale of a beautiful young woman struggling with the idea of going for her dream vs getting a 9 to 5 job. there are so many different characters that Heather protrays and they are all unique and memorable with their different accents and demeanors. The story is rich with hiding truths like how we cycle in the same circumstances until the life lessoned is learned. HEHeather finally learned her lesson 30 jobs later and did the thing she was meant to do. ACT. Watch out world a star is here.... full review

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