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Leaving Prince Charming

solo performance · written & performed by lara repko · Ages 15+ · one person show · 1hr · United States of America

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Review by LIANA MESAIKOU

June 10, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

I loved watching Lara on stage. She was extremely connected to us (I watched the preview and I loved how she wasn’t afraid to break the 4th wall when a “mistake” happened or she was responding to a reaction from the audience). She has a truly charismatic presence and is a gifted performer. I also loved the idea of taking a classic fairy-tale and putting a twist on it to make us walk away with an empowering message (especially for women). It provided a smart, fresh and funny frame that allowed the story to unfold. I also enjoyed the different voices in Lara’s head. So relatable and the execution was hilarious.

What I didn't like

I really liked the parts where Lara “taught” us about the different stages of abuse. I felt it was a very valuable part of the story. I was just wondering if there is a way to make it more theatrically integral (if that makes sense). So that it doesn’t feel like we hit pause on the show and read a wikipedia definition (I’m exaggerating a bit to show what I mean). Could the fairy godmother give perhaps a TED talk? I don’t know. I’m sure Lara can come up with 10 smarter and funnier ideas. I feel that if this part also becomes a bit more “theatrical”, the whole show will reach a totally new level!

My overall impression

Such a heartfelt and powerful performance about a deeply personal story told with humor, honesty and admirable bravery.

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