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The Magic School Bus: A Traumedy

solo performance · bonnie joy sludikoff · Ages 14+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 12, 2017
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The premise of this solo piece was enticing; examining trauma and its effects on the body calling back to the most memorable “Magic School Bus” episode “Inside Ralphie”. Overall the delivery was a mess. A handful of moments were stunning, but seemed by accident occurring when the performer stopped thinking ahead and responded honestly. When she finally brushed upon the memories of trauma the entire audience was captivated, ready to witness her cope, breakdown, heal, or whatever she asked. Unfortunately the writing would consistently run afraid the other way; shifting back to sloppy underdeveloped caricature transitions and anatomically questionable ploys in hopes of lightening up the mood. While honoring the artist’s bravery to look at her pain and how it’s affecting her physical and mental well-being, the show itself was self-serving and self-conscious about being entertaining.

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