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Gracie and Rose

solo performance · stars align · Ages 16+ · world premiere · one person show · United States

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Review by MARC FRANCOEUR

June 22, 2013 certified reviewer

My overall impression

GRACIE AND ROSE is a beautifully written, directed and performed piece of theater that shines light upon a period of LGBT history that rarely gets much attention. Anastasia Coon has written a script with such care and love for her characters that it is palpable and obvious to the audience that she has painstakingly crafted every word of the book. Her acting is authentic, deeply emotional and sincere. This retro story of the lengths two lesbian women in the 50’s will go to to appear as a heterosexual married couple is balanced by Coon’s innate sexuality -

Che’Rae Adams direction is well thought out, simple and appropriately adaptable. She has created a world and framework for which Coons can bring the characters to life with clarity, compassion and seamless flow.

GRACIE AND ROSE is a beautiful night of theater. It is a piece that has been imbued with care, dignity and respect. It reminds one of the power of love and the rewards that come from putting one’s neck on the line to live a life beyond convention.

A DEFINITE MUST-SEE at this year’s Fringe!!!

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