Gracie and Rose

solo performance · stars align · Ages 16+ · United States

one person show world premiere
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KEATON TALMADGE certified reviewer June 26, 2013
Such a wonderful secret story - one that today, more than ever, needs to be shared. Thank you Anastasia for giving that gift to us. Go see for yourself! ... full review
TIMOTHY TOYAMA certified reviewer June 24, 2013
Acting, directing, writing: Excellent!... full review
MICHELLE LEMA certified reviewer June 24, 2013
Beautifully written, performed, and directed. This is a must see at the Fringe - and a powerful story that hasn't been told before. Go see it!!!... full review
OLIVIA PETERSON certified reviewer June 20, 2013
I expected this to a commentary on gender, romance and the queer identity. Instead what Anatasia and her team put together was much more subtle and specific than the label "queer theater" would usually imply. (Even though I love queer theater!) Watching one person take on the range of emotions displayed by the diverse range of characters displayed was breath taking. I would see anything else Anatasia and her crew put on. Not to be missed!... full review
MARC FRANCOEUR certified reviewer June 22, 2013
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, comp... full review
DAN JOHNSON certified reviewer June 22, 2013
What a great piece of theater. Anastasia brings two characters to life! She creates a beautiful and believable relationship between two different characters. This is a special story. I look forward to seeing this piece develop in the future. The story could easily be extended to 90 minutes, as there is more to find out about Gracie, Rose, and Yula. Highly recommended!... full review
RATI GUPTA certified reviewer June 22, 2013
Anastasia has put together a truly captivating show. On top of the thoughtful set and sound designs, and Anastasia's adept physical acting… the script itself is just moving. Full of passion and raw human love, the story of Gracie and Rose was skillfully crafted and told beautifully. I was pretty weepy by the end, and yet I wanted more.... full review
ALEX SCOTT certified reviewer June 23, 2013
Anastasia Coon's beautiful one woman show Gracie and Rose is everything you want in a theatrical experience. The set, the lights, the costumes, everything works together in this production quite nicely. Taking everything into consideration, I thought the sound design became a bit too basic, and really overbearing, I would have loved this play with a violin accompaniment at times - it just felt too simple to me - and again - too loud, but that can easily be fixed. At times, I also questioned the choice to make this a solo show - like I said, it's beautiful - 100% - but at times I found myself wishing Ms. Coon would differentiate more between each of her characters. It's a rare treat when an actor will bear their soul on stage for you ... full review
SHERESADE POBLET certified reviewer June 24, 2013
This show is a MUST!!! I enjoyed every minute of it. Each character has his/her own voice in each scene. The writing is so rich and specific. The topic is a tabu in many places still, and having someone to bring it up and make people curious to get some knowledge is an amazing job. Thank you to Anastasia and all the people that made this possible. I will go back to enjoy this piece again. I can't wait! ... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 26, 2013
It's been said that those that can't do, teach, but such is definitely not the case for Anastasia Coon. She has created and inhabited a riveting story about a life lived on the land but a love that had to be hidden. The staging and direction were outstanding, as was Coon's performance and presentation of the many characters who shaped the lives of Gracie and Rose. This is a heartfelt triumph of the human spirit, proof that love can overcome any obstacles set in its path. Don't miss this show which is sure to be a Best of Fringe selection.... full review