Pho Girl

solo performance none · Ages 13+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by MATT RITCHEY

June 21, 2019 gia on the move

What I liked

Cop-pout phrase: everything. But I really appreciated the live cooking as a storytelling device and not as props. That could easily have been corny, but this was like being at a live taping of the Barefoot Contessa if she decided to just talk about her life.

What I didn't like

I mean… look, she was even sharp enough to not pass out the coriander to the audience. Not sure there’s much I’d change here. Maybe more audience – so GO SEE THIS!!

My overall impression

Up front: Brigette was my Scholarship mentee for 2019. I had no creative connection to the show.

Holy cow this show is great. Not only is the story of a girl discovering her heritage interesting, especially through the lens of cultural food dishes, but Brigette is a fantastic storyteller! She’s honest, connected, and it’s hard to believe that the show isn’t a first-hand account with her simply walking us through the most important moment in her life.

A tight script and fluid direction by Chambers Stevens along with Brigette’s openness and easy relationship with the audience makes PHO GIRL an eye-opening, informative, and if you’re lucky enough to sit in the right spot, tasty evening of theater. Highly recommended!

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