Singer and harpist Lexi Lowell, who performed on Broadway on Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, has put together a workshop solo performance interspersed with original music based on her battle with depression and bulimia. Although more work and detail is needed in crafting a cohesive performance piece, Lowell’s candor and charisma keeps the piece engaging and touching. She recounts her Catholic upbringing and the accompanying feelings of guilt and shame which eventually led to severe depression and eating disorder. “No one talks about these things” she says to the audience in an intimate loft space in Hollywood.
Using bullet points on a screen to help keep her on track, Lowell’s piece relies on a conversational style which makes it that much more intimate and genuine. Between stories and observations she sings her songs while playing the harp — all of which showcase a hauntingly melancholic, yet hopeful, voice. Her songs relay the troubles this young woman faced wanting, needing, self love, and acceptance. It’s clear that she’s on the right path, and I hope she continues to refine and sharpen this piece.