tHis Is Very IMPORTANT

Solo Show · rahvaunia · Ages 11+ · 55 mins · United States of America

one person show
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Review by CONSTANCE JAQUAY STRICKLAND

June 18, 2024 certified reviewer

What I liked

Because this solo show was a source of entertainment but also a tool for educating that will live outside the theatre and transform lives in ways still unseen. Because I lost a dear friend to HIV and still have not healed from the fact that he could/would still be alive if silence and shame had not won. Because this show calls for us to have love, grace, and respect for anyone battling or living with HIV. Because 20% of Americans are living with HIV and don’t even know they have it. Because I walked into Rahvaunia’s show one way and left a completely different person. Because this one-woman show deserves to be uplifted and supported, and I hope to see it on PBS!

This is a powerful and very important show that should not be missed. Please catch this wonderful one-woman show and watch Rahvaunia give a voice to health issues we often turn away from, and she does it with dignity and love.

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What I didn't like

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My overall impression

Because there are not enough plays that focus on the health of women. Because Rahvaunia is exquisite as she brings to life four women and a host of characters who help us understand why discussing HIV is still an urgent and important conversation we need to have as a community. Because shame often causes us to keep silent on issues that matter, this show breaks all those fears and taboos. Because this show hits you right in your gut in all the necessary ways only theatre can do. Because Black women have been disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States, accounting for 54% of new HIV infections in women despite making up less than 15% of the female population. Because Black women are also 15.3 times more likely to die from HIV infection than White Women. Because every 35 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with HIV.

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