LEAGUE OF CINCY THEATRES BY ARIEL MARY ANN
Reviews by Ariel Mary Ann
Posted On June 13, 2023
Trigger warning for mentions of abuse and assault.”
Made in America by Teruko Nakajima is perhaps one of the most heartbreaking shows this Fringe season. Hailing from Los Angeles, Nakajima shares with the audience her experience of growing up in Japan where she endured abuse at the hands of her parents and men in her life. This emotionally heavy show spotlights the ways in which women of color are often ignored when bringing to light trauma they’ve survived.
As a Black trans woman who has experienced my own fair share of abuse, this show spoke to me on a deep personal level. From the moment she steps on stage, it’s clear that she has a bubbly personality unlike any other. As the show progresses, we start to see a more vulnerable side of Nakajima where she addresses the shame she felt around her trauma and the work she put in to get to a place of healing.
Bottom Line: Made in America is a show about one woman’s fight to reclaim her agency and truth (with the help of a dog named Titi.) If you’re looking for a show with heart, then consider Made in America by Teruko Nakajima. (Trigger warning: Please note that this show includes mentions of abuse and assault)
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please consider reaching out to Women Helping Women (https://www.womenhelpingwomen.org). You are not alone.