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Jackass: A Prom Story

solo performance · amy granados · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States

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Review by KAT MULDOON

June 22, 2014 certified reviewer
tagged as: honest · funny · heartfelt · powerful

My overall impression

A MUST-SEE!! Two honest, poignant, and very funny stories from two very talented women. Julia Farrell tells the tale of her high school quest to correct the gap in her front teeth and buy herself braces—an obsession which leads to a summer’s employ as a dancing cat mascot for her local grocery store. Amy Granados leads us through the major romance-related traumas of her adolescence, culminating in an epic, disastrous high school prom night that changed the next ten years of her life. Both stories seem lighthearted on the surface, but their tellers crack past the comedic exteriors to deeper truths about themselves that are very affecting.

I was extremely moved by Amy’s story, especially the powerful ending. The story is funny, but it comes from a place of real pain, and Ms. Granados is brave for sharing it in such a naked, utterly-honest, and straightforward way. The emotion she accesses is real, and that makes her fascinating and beautiful to watch. The overall experience was cathartic—certainly for me, as an audience member, and I hope for her as well.

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