I so appreciated how Danna was able to take the audience to the depths of despair and to the heights of joy. Her command as a writer makes this story come alive with intelligence, depth and wit. Danna’s acting was heartfelt and present. She was generously vulnerable in front of the audience, which took us to the heart of the story, and to the heart of the emotions. At some points, I saw audience members trying to keep from wailing, and at other points, we were relieved by hearty laughing. Danna was masterful at taking us with her in reliving the story.
What I didn't like
Honestly, I didn’t want it to end. I could have gone on listening to Danna’s storytelling for hours. I loved the image of Rebecca at the end. Would have loved to see it for longer, maybe showing it as Danna hummed the song at the end?
My overall impression
Leaving the theater, I overheard an audience member say, “Danna’s courage to tell this story is a gift to the world.” Those words perfectly articulated my experience of seeing this show. Danna’s brilliant, whimsical, gripping writing and acting compelled the audience to face the unbearable threshold of mortality, ripping away denial, and exposing us to unanswerable questions that lurk just beneath the surface of human awareness: The bittersweet preciousness of life, the excruciating agony of death, the protective warmth of humor, the unexpected light of love and soul connection. I am changed because of this show. Thank you, Danna, for this gift.