Livin' the Dream (a journalistic journey)

solo performance · shout it out promotions · Ages 12+ · family friendly · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by PAM NOLES

June 26, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Bob’s enthusiasm sharing his experiences was enjoyable, and I loved the pictures from his youth. I found his Navy experiences fascinating, and really liked how he talked about finding a way to support indy artists/music via his indy journalism and awards he created to highlight/benefit others. The hat motif was great, but criminally underused.

What I didn't like

This is not a story, and it should be. Bob has several elements in his show that can serve as a frame for an actual story rather than a series of anecdotes (both general and celebrity encounter). If he can find the right director and/or story developer to help him tease out and shape the core of the work, this show could be very good.

Also, I know it was a first-time effort, but long pauses to review notes was…not a good look. (It was oddly adoreable, tho.) I think that comes down to not having a firm story developed or direction. Fix that, you fix the rest.

My overall impression

An entertaining series of anecdotes by a man who is living a much broader life than most, recreating himself as time and circumstance require. It’s very much a work in progress by a first time performer, and a good first draft/solid effort.

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