The Other Side of the Razor Ribbon

saffire productions · Ages 16+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by VICTOR SOTOMAYOR

June 11, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

I enjoyed her story more than the one she helps publish. Stacy has a great story to tell and that’s what ultimately makes Razor Ribbon an enjoyable, funny and moving one woman show.

What I didn't like

Stacy’s son, Derrick, accompanies her with live music throughout her monologues and his saxophone overpowered her at times. I don’t believe that Stacy needed any music to convey the message.

My overall impression

After her divorce, Stacy is left broken and alone and quickly realizes that nobody likes to talk to her when they realized she just went through a divorce. She notices the awkward ways that “friends” attempt to get away from her, as if afraid to catch a virus. She finds herself dealing with the breakup all along with nobody to console her so she becomes angry and snaps at baristas and strangers since she doesn’t find a way to release her frustrations.
Then she’s handed a manuscript about a man who is imprisoned due to helping immigrants cross over illegally to the U.S and suddenly realizes that her problems dwarf in comparison to what he’s going through in prison, serving a ten year sentence. As an editor, Stacy sees through grammatical errors and finds that his story needs to be heard and, through helping him getting published, she discovers that things can always be worse.

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