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American Man Dream

solo performance · whatthehelldidshesay · Ages 18+ · world premiere · one person show · Mexico

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Review by KATHERINE KING

June 17, 2016 certified reviewer
tagged as: mexican · Catholic

What I liked

Emotionally transparent, Vanessa tackled a delicate subject with grit and charm. Kudus to her for bringing both comedy and honesty to a topic usually kept sealed in the confessional booths of women’s hearts.
The use of the teddy bear was a genius move of simple, effective staging.

What I didn't like

Vanessa had a surplus of material that would make a sharper, wittier, sexier show if shaped and trimmed into essentially a one-hour stand-up act. All the makings of a great comedian are plain to see; the writing and directing just needs to take on the purposeful rhythms of stand-up. Then the jokes will land with a real punch and the painful moments will hit even harder.

My overall impression

A brave and funny share of a sexual journey that was distinctly Catholic, Mexican, and at the same time universal. A great add to the growing lexicon of women’s voices in writing, performance and culture!

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