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Anxiety Written

solo performance · jessica carleton · Ages 10+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by STACY PATTERSON

June 06, 2018 certified reviewer
tagged as: Brave · Authentic · funny · real · smart · Must See

What I liked

The piece weaves science and very detailed information into an enjoyable and enchanting narrative in a way that is engaging and avoids pedantic lecture. Way to go! That is not easy to pull off. The streamlined setting works perfectly, highlighting the actor (over the space). The writer/performer’s love for her “characters” is authentic. We should all be so fortunate to be surrounded by such caring and skilled people. There is dark. There is light. There is hope.

What I didn't like

I was so glad to have seen this show. I would see it again in a heartbeat…and I’m sure I would learn something I missed the first time.

My overall impression

Calling this show “heartfelt” barely begins to touch on what is most real and most moving about this piece and the performance of it. Jessica is brave, funny, and direct as she explores the remarkable, challenging moments of a life with OCD. The story has a beautiful and thoughtfully constructed arc that held my focus from moment one to the satisfying conclusion. I learned a lot. I felt even more. I’m inspired. So well done.

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