theatre · lemabean productions · Ages 16+ · United States

one person show world premiere
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NICK MARTIN certified reviewer June 14, 2011
This is a wonderful one-woman show that manages to be alternately heartfelt and hilarious. Armed with only a notebook of colorful drawings and a tiny red chair, Lema never misses a beat as she takes the audience back through her family history, her childhood, and the origins of her nickname. Lema is an engaging and active actress, but the writing is what really takes this show to the next level- whether she's talking about ghosts, hugs, or jellyfish, her storytelling is top notch. Move over, Carol Burnett...this is a command performance by an up and coming actress that you won't want to miss.... full review
SARAH BUSTER certified reviewer June 17, 2011
Seeing BEAN was such an inspiring experience! My husband and I saw the preview on June 13 and we can't stop talking about it. Not only is Lema hilarious, but she's also a great poet. She weaves hysterically funny moments seamlessly into moments of touching poignancy. The simple brilliance of BEAN's story is that it is so easy to relate to; Lema eloquently shares those moments we've all had growing up--the ones that seem insignificant, but end up being the moments that shape us. Best of all, by the end you'll rediscover that fearlessness and undauntedly hopeful spirit you had as a child. And you'll be reminded that you're never too old and it's never too late to be brave enough to "show your joy." Simply put, BEAN is absolutely inspiring.... full review