Sink or Swim

solo performance · dessert theater · Ages 13+ · United States of America

family friendly world premiere
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June 21, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The physical direction coupled with Chris’ great storytelling really brought to life a complete and moving journey of the subject matter. Chris stayed strong through his very personal story which was powerful, knowing it was tragic and difficult but always rooting for him. And the slight theater immersion of Chris using baking as a coping mechanism while gifting the audience with his delicious baked goods!! That macron was delicious!!

What I didn't like

The acoustics of the theater was the only thing I had teouble with as the AC or something kept kicking on and it was slightly difficult to hear. Chris did a good job of adjusting his volume almost consistently when this occurred but, with white noise, it can be hard to catch inflections and pronouncements of worlds. Besides that I was held by the story and glad yo be on the ride.

My overall impression

Chris brought to life the comedy and tragedy of familial loss AND the fear of water, interweaving metaphor of both. As someone who has lost someone close, it was deeply cathartic, inspiring and moving yet the comedy grounded you in the balance of life. I laughed and cried continuously. I would recommend this play to anyone but particularly if someone is struggling with loss. Thank you Chris for your heart and vulnerability.

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