Carleton keeps the pace moving briskly between her stories, playing many characters in her stories along the way. Directed by Blake Silver whose work I have admired for some time, this show, filled with honesty, vulnerability and laughter is a perfect group therapy session for anyone needing to do a little self-examination into just how crazy we human beings can make ourselves – as well as our ability to overcome any obstacles in our way.
What I didn't like
The only thing I would suggest is to have a talkback after each performance when time allows so that audience members can share their own strange phobias and OCD moments, especially since after seeing this show no one will feel the same negatively about what makes each of us uniquely crazy in our own ways!
My overall impression
Carleton knows that by telling her own story, audience members will hear their own story in her words. This was certainly true for me as I followed her story of growing up with OCD which led her to be a social outcast in school. But it is the journey she shares with us that becomes deeply moving and hilarious at the same time as we follow her through the struggles and triumphs of treatment which lead her to real emotional change and the ability to consider others her “friends.” She is a masterful storyteller, and you will walk away knowing that we all struggle with something which makes us human. After all, if you think you don’t have OCD, just how many times do you check to be sure you turned on the car alarm or locked your front door when you leave?