My Mom Died When I Was 14 (A Comedy)

goodnight orchard films · Ages 18+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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June 11, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

Matt’s on-stage persona is both delightfully self-depreciating yet self-assured, silly yet vulnerable. It feels like we are seeing the full spectrum of his humanity on stage — a rare gift. Also, this show is a gift to anyone who has dealt with the complexity of grief.

What I didn't like

I want to see it again so I can quote it properly. I tried to explain the hilarious video segment to my partner and didn’t do it justice.

My overall impression

One of the best pieces of theater I’ve seen in a long time. This powerhouse, authentic performance swung effortlessly between genuine vulnerability and giddy silliness. The goofy and the profound both felt like authentic expressions of this exceptional performer. I laughed throughout the show, and when I wasn’t laughing, I was crying. Truly exceptional work.

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