Squeeze My Cans

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

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Review by JAMES SCHNEIDER

June 18, 2016
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tagged as: funny · harrowing · expert · sassy · excellent

What I liked

Funny, fearless, and sometimes freaky. Cathy Schenks comes out of the ring with gloves off, the heart wide open and her head in a good place. Amazingly, she is able to recount with amusing and disturbing detail her very specific journey with the followers of ‘LRH’ and Scientology. Yikes! As her dollars fly out of the window, the placemark for happiness keeps getting moved further down the field by those who know ‘best.’ In the hands of Shenks and director Shirley Anderson, this harrowing story could itself have gone done the wrong path. But, happily, the story is told with large doses of humor, and a complete lack of self-pity. Though I’ve known Cathy a bit over the years, I’d never seen her perform on stage. Her sass and physical ease suggest someone you might see in a first-rate sit com (like some missing star of ‘Friends’). But her ability to relay the personal devastation amid her emotional rollercoaster is as powerful as anything you might see. Really excellent work.

The house at 11pm was full. I was concerned because for me — when a show starts after 10pm, there’s a high probability that I will not stay awake. There are witnesses. Happy to report that I had no trouble staying alert and engaged the entire show.

A fabulous trip back to Earth.

What I didn't like

11pm time slot can be a toughie…

My overall impression

Really excellent work. A fabulous trip back to Earth. Wonderful performance packed with humor and heart. Powerful story that shouldn’t be missed.

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