Chrissy Meth~A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back

solo performance · crystal bush · Ages 18+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show world premiere
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June 29, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Crystal’s raw vulnerability and emotional exposure is enough to make this a great show, but she goes way beyond that. She presents a myriad of interesting, funny and emotional characters throughout the piece, all of course skillfully played by her.
Most impressive is perhaps the choice to present the drug she is addicted to, Meth Amphetamine, as a physical, living character. It’s a very effective way of showing how Crys is struggling against her own internal demons. The play also makes great use of music, sound and movement to keep the story flowing. Kudos to Director Jessica Lynn Johnson for guiding that. Crystal’s breaking of the fourth wall caught me off-guard and drew me even further into the story. At times, I didn’t know what was real and what was not, save for the emotions I was feeling which were always real. By the end, I was in tears, but they were mostly tears of joy.

What I didn't like

There were some minor tech glitches and a of couple missed cues, but nothing that took away from the emotional impact of the story.

My overall impression

Crystal Bush leads us through her beautiful life story incorporating humor, tragedy and ultimately triumph. A very moving, funny, surprising and engaging piece of theater that brought many in the audience to tears.

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