Booze, Balls and Bluegrass: A Daughter's Journey

solo performance · written and performed by laura carson · Ages 15+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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S. CLAUS certified reviewer June 19, 2015
Laura Carson is an honest, sincere and effortlessly engaging performer whose one-person show wafts over you like the familiar scent of the countryside...tainted with the tang of rot-gut whiskey. An account of a recent cross-roads moment in her life when she left the addicting, but often painful life of the Los Angeles acting world for a return to her southern homeland to assist her irascible, soon-too-be ailing widowed father, Laura paints a motion picture of images and sounds(the sound design is brilliant by the way) alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, sometimes at the same time. Ms. Carson channels the mature, late-70s Carol Burnett at times, indeed I was often reminded of the "Mama's Family" sketches, particularly the ones whe... full review
DAVID CHEANEY uncertified reviewer June 19, 2015
A terrifically well done one woman show. Quite moving while managing to be funny and insightful at the same time about a topic that all of us either are facing or probably will face at some point. ... full review
Y PARDESS uncertified reviewer June 19, 2015
I was moved to tears and laughter from Laura's show and performance.Her personal tale became an engaging theatrical event , with very few props required and yet, I could completely visualize her home and father. Her journey from grief and loss and into stage is courageous and very inspiring .Thank you Laura... full review
JIM BLANCHETTE uncertified reviewer June 19, 2015
Laura Carson takes the journey many of us consider when she decides give up her LA life and pursuit of her career to return to Atlanta to care for her elderly father. This is just the first of many difficult choices she makes in this very personal journey. The consequences of her actions range from heart warming to heart wrenching, leaving her in a strange and wondrous afterglow of introspection, where from moment to moment she questions, hates, love or affirms her life, a few instances all at the same time. This nostalgic but also very real look at a difficult portion of her life is an exercise many artists would not have the guts to take. Luckily for us, Laura does and with remarkable humor and aplomb. While engaged in this show, audience ... full review
ABBY SCHACHNER uncertified reviewer June 19, 2015
tagged as: Beautiful · heartfelt · funny · true talent
this is a lovely show by a talented, comfortable actress with true chops! Here characters are spot on... (some of the best I've seen in a long time), her writing is great, and her insight is perfect. Not too much, not too little. A beautiful show about a father and daughter... and a woman who's at her lowest and what transpires to get her back on her feet. Wonderfully directed and not a moment wasted. ... full review
LISA K. WYATT uncertified reviewer June 19, 2015
Booze, Balls and Bluegrass is a show not to be missed. Laura Carson is a thoroughly engaging and honest storyteller with a wry and compassionate sense of humor and a relatable, entertaining and heartfelt tale to tell. It's well staged and beautifully performed. There is not a false note in the evening, nor is there a moment of self-pity or demand for sympathy and attention by reason of existence that can plague one-person shows. One-person shows live or die based on whether or not you want to spend time with the storyteller. You'll want to spend a lot longer than the hour that you get with Laura.... full review
JOLA CORA uncertified reviewer June 20, 2015
This is an absolutely wonderful show. Not only it is beautiful and moving as well as funny, it is also so well directed that you will feel engaged for every second of it. A must see.... full review
DAVID JAHN certified reviewer June 20, 2015
Just sit back and go for the ride. Laura's openness, honesty, and willingness to share her story is a gift for the audience. She avoids the trap of self indulgence and, instead, presents the facts of her story in a colorfully moving and humorous way. She flows effortlessly from character to character and exudes a playful and joyous presence throughout the show. See it.... full review
BELLA MERLIN certified reviewer June 21, 2015
What a wonderful piece! There is a generosity in Laura Carson's performance which is infectious, transporting and entrancing. Her ability to walk the tightrope of comedy and poignancy is masterful. Beautifully written, exquisitely performed, and compelling honesty in form and content. A genuine, genuine MUST SEE!!!!... full review
MAILE FLANAGAN uncertified reviewer June 20, 2015
This was a GREAT SHOW. So moving and funny. One of the best one person shows I've ever seen! The writing is fantastic and Laura Carson's performance is spot on. I recommend this to anyone -- it is NOT TO BE MISSED! GO SEE IT!... full review