BEYOND - Unemployed. Finally.

solo performance · written and performed by heather r. dowling · Ages 13+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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JIM HANNA certified reviewer June 23, 2015
The impossibly engaging Heather Dowling starts off on a traditional solo show track: A charming and hysterical storyteller spins out a winning tale stuffed full of funny and touching characters. But something else is going on here. And when she finally takes you to some of the darker, more touching moments, she kicks you right in the teeth. I think my favorite part is that there's a spoiler right in the title! You know where she's going, especially since you see her right in front of your very eyes living the life she's meant to live. And yet, my stomach was knotting up as I kept rooting for this woman to figure out her true calling. Heather somehow manages to build genuine suspense into a story you know the ending to. Genius! Well done, Hea... full review
ELIZABETH HACKETT certified reviewer June 08, 2015
Ever had a job you hate? Well, try having had 30+! Anyone who has endured horrible jobs, wacky coworkers, insane bosses, bad pay, and the 9-to-5 grind will identify with Heather Dowling in this hilarious one-woman show about bringing home the bacon -- and chasing an artistic dream. Dowling is a joy to watch. She lights up the stage, an energetic performer with a packed arsenal of voices and characters, all of whom feel plucked from real life. From maniacal Navy drill sergeants to absent-minded small town newspaper editors to dodgy gun-toting bar owners, she takes us along on the unconventional journey of employment that finally brought her to this theater in Hollywood. Be sure to pack a handkerchief or wipe an eye on your seatmate's sl... full review
TRACY ROSEN certified reviewer June 14, 2015
Heather Dowling takes her audience on a journey of life's trials and tribulations and fills the room with laughter, candor, and emotion that could only come from true experiences. While the show is only one hour, you come to know Heather, and soon find yourself rooting for her -- all the way home. ... full review
B NEWSOME certified reviewer June 23, 2015
Heather, you made me smile! And laugh, and cry. You are such a wonderful performer. Weenie and Caroline cracked me up, and THOUGHT I had done a lot in my life, until I saw your play. lol! Great job! ... full review
J C certified reviewer June 07, 2015
Unemployed. Finally. Brillant. Engaging. Funny. Passionate. Inspiring and moving. All around a great show. Heather was captivating and each character came to life as she embodied the situations and conversations in a way that had me on the ride of my life. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to take a journey of their life through Heather's life. Funny and moving and I left the show amazed that an hour had passed by. And did I say it was funny? A must see.... full review
ELIZABETH COLLINS certified reviewer June 08, 2015
I found this show obviously funny but also inspiring. I was drawn to the idea of learning about all these different jobs she had, but later realized the show was more of an examination of our childhood dreams and their validity in the world. Heather's dream is to be an actress, which is fortunate for her because she performs well not only by playing herself but the many characters she meets along the way.... full review
KELLY D'ANGELO certified reviewer June 08, 2015
Most actors stand at an arms distance. Few hold out their hand and pull you in tightly, wrapping their arms around you as they guide you through their storytelling. Heather Dowling not only gracefully succeeds in doing the latter, but does so with such heart-bearing honesty that you're sitting on the edge of every word she says and each character she performs, cheering her on. From brilliantly comedic to vulnerable, Heather leaves no corner of her life's ups and downs untouched. It takes great strength to listen to the voices inside your head, but even more to listen to the voice inside your heart. That journey took Heather around the country and to 30+ jobs to discover it, but she did. And now, she's here, in Hollywood, following her dre... full review
RAYMOND REYNOLDS certified reviewer June 09, 2015
I've known Heather for years, and still...Her story is surprising, fast paced, hilarious in parts, very moving in others. I had no idea she had such a range of characters and she really truly connects with the audience. ... full review
DINA BILLIMORIA certified reviewer June 12, 2015
tagged as: hilarious · funny · moving · inspiring
Heather's one-woman show was excellent! She is hilarious and has great characters. What also was impressive was the emotional depth she explored in her one-woman show. She had me at the ends of the emotional spectrum as I laughed and cried on the drop of a dime. I felt inspired and impressed with her talent. I am certain she'll be doing more roles in the Hollywood area as an authentic, talented performer. With all the various characters in the show, she displayed an amazing range. I recommend this show to everyone!! I loved it.... full review
LEON LUDWIG certified reviewer June 11, 2015
This show is awesome. I can so relate to the humor in our work and the people that we encounter in our jobs. I have not laughed that hard in a long time. I was dying for more when the show ended. Do yourself a favor and see this, you will not be disappointed. ... full review