A Year in Dragonfly

solo performance · austin musick · Ages 16+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by MITCHELL BLOCK

June 09, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Despite the very basic staging the work has “heart.” It was uncensored deeply personal drama. It’s star has a lot of courage for sharing her life and a lot of talent for making it work as a theater piece. Hats off to the team.

What I didn't like

Time will only make it better. A play needs time to develop. This is a work in process. Sincere, powerful and worth seeing.

My overall impression

“A Year in Dragonfly” is a work in process, deeply personal, powerful, moving and insightful one woman-one act play that explores the transformation of its author and star, who has been betrayed by her parents, family and all of the men in her life, to a more mentally healthful place. In this work-in-process, we learn how the playwright repeatedly made all the wrong choices in her life seeking the love that her abusive parents and childhood family could not give her. Her search for intimacy and love is painful to watch because repeatedly we see her relationships crash and burn. We appreciate the brutal honesty of her lyrics and power of her songs. We can only love the performer and share her pain and her anxieties on her quest for true love and stability in her life. This work should be seen for it is both cathartic and helpful for the spectators and the artist. The original music and lyrics are reflective the stages of her life and draw us into her world. One can hope this is workshoped into a commercial work. Time will only make it better.

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