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Total Novice

solo performance · jadelake productions · Ages 18+ · world premiere · one person show · United States

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Review by SANDI HEMMERLEIN

June 08, 2014 certified reviewer
tagged as: solo show · funny · touching · moving · drugs · sex

My overall impression

David Rodwin tells the story of one fateful night smoking crack with a porn star in this compelling solo show, which moves beyond the titillation of sex and drugs to show a transformation of character and address themes of loneliness, salvation, abuse, friendship and love. It’s a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end, with lots of laughs and even a few tears. Total Novice is surprisingly moving, and David’s telling of the story leaves the audience enrapt because he is, in fact, not just telling the story, but reliving it before our very eyes. The subject matter could’ve been addressed cheaply with easy laughs, but instead, it goes far deeper than you could ever imagine, and leaves those who witness it desperately wanting to know more.

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