Squeeze My Cans

solo performance · cathy schenkelberg · Ages 16+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by MICHAEL FAIRMAN

June 12, 2016 certified reviewer

What I liked

I thought Cathy Schenkelberg gave a tour de force performance. He acting, dancing and singing took us on her fascinating journey from a wide eyed, basically innocent young actress to being seduced, manipulated and ultimately betrayed by the Church of Scientology, With just the use of lights, a chair and box on a bare stage, she creates specific scenes of her movement through the levels of L. Ron Hubbard’s manufactured “road to spiritual freedom”. We learn of her gradual and then accelerated disillusionment and disappointment with the Church and its staff, the loss of “friends” and family, and the obscene amount of money she spent. It is a journey that is funny, sad even tragic, and finally hopeful.

What I didn't like

Perhaps there were two or three sequences, when she could have slowed her temp. But that is nit-picking.

My overall impression

This was an incisive look into the world of Scientology from one person’s perspective. Having also made that similar journey, her presentation rang with devastating truth. Yet she made it clear enough for non-Scientologists to understand, Her experience from many aspects serves as a warning to anyone who is tempted to become involved.

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