Squeeze My Cans

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

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Review by BETSY ZAJKO

June 15, 2016 certified reviewer

What I liked

This show is personable, funny, immersive, and powerful. Cathy is a force and a delight taking us on a ride of her 20 year entanglement with Scientology including a bizarre audition to be Tom Cruises wife. As a young and very successful voice actress in pre internet days attempting to do good in the world, she enrolls in a small series self improvement classes which eventually have her rising in the secret ranks of what she doesn’t realize is a cult until she arrives at the world headquarters to a classified lesson about alien cosmology. Her daughter’s innocent remarks that the leaders have been teaching children about leaving their parents finally provides the shock and horror for her to get out. With complete wit and grace, we watch her coming to terms with the fact that nearly $900,000 and decades of her life have been sacrificed to false beliefs. Amazing.

What I didn't like

I would have liked a q&a…the conversations this opened up were extremely fruitful.

My overall impression

I’d see it again.

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