My Mobster

joy nash · Ages 13+ · one person show · United States

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Review by TONY FRANKEL

June 22, 2011 stage and cinema/bitter lemons

My overall impression

Tony Frankel, theatre critic from Stage and Cinema here.

I agree with the subtitle of Joy Nash’s outstanding MY MOBSTER, which is simply “A Solo Play”. This is not a solo “show”, “outing”, or “performance piece”. It is a well-crafted play that demonstrates what is missing from most solo performer’s autobiographical accounts: storytelling as the epic side of truth and wisdom. But Nash is not just a wonderful writer – she is a vulnerable, engaging and strong performer who deftly bounces from character to character. Even with a slew of technical mishaps at the performance I saw, Nash never became rankled. Her style is breezy and fluid, but never inauthentic. Her true account of a relationship with a charming liar who romances her in Venice and France is sure to conjure up the crazy relationships we have all had in the search for love and acknowledgement. Nash was also wise to let herself be lovingly guided by director Louise Hung.

Here’s the kicker: for 90 transporting minutes, I never looked at my watch once. Do you know what a HUGE compliment that is? This is what theatre is all about: a compelling, transformative and entertaining experience which leaves us examining our own choices through another character’s journey. Well done!

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