Shiva for Anne Frank

solo performance · rachel mckay steele · Ages 13+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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JACK MOORE certified reviewer June 23, 2019
tagged as: brilliant · hilarious · heartbreaking
“Shiva for Anne Frank” is a masterclass in tight-rope walking. Rachel McKay Steele’s ability to bounce between the tragic, the hilarious, and the offensive shouldn’t work, and yet this piece soars. A great reminder that the political is always best expressed through the personal, Shiva for Anne Frank is a must see. ... full review
DEVIN TOOHEY certified reviewer June 23, 2019
tagged as: queer · History · Jewish · Feminist · funny · provocative
It's been almost a day and it's so much of what I've been thinking about the past 24 hours. Steele takes audiences through a discussion of her own engagement with Anne Frank and her work, noting the sexism in the reception of the diary and its legacy, its relevance to young Jewesses (it's okay, she's reclaimed that word), and how it should move us to action in 2019. Throughout it, she bounces through subjects as varied about her experiences with anal sex, Anne's beauty regiments and cattiness, how often she cries, life growing up in the south, and even the process of working through drafts of this piece. It's hilarious, infuriating, heart-breaking, and thought-provoking. Exactly what good theatre should be. ... full review
STEPHANIE OUAKNINE certified reviewer June 23, 2019
If you’re reading this: GO SEE THIS SHOW. It’s the best of a fringe all in one: a wondrous and fast-paced one woman show that moves effortlessly between hilarity and deep sadness. There’s some Fleabag self-deprecation humour mixed with Hannah Gadsby’s socially conscious lens. Just as it’s not solely about Rachel, it’s not solely about Anne - the piece forces us to question our roots, our humanity, our identity, and what the hell we can do to make our world better. ... full review
SHARI BARRETT certified reviewer June 26, 2019
It's obvious from the start that Rachel grew up identifying with Anne Frank, as do many of us who read her book and tried to imagine what her life must have been like in those cramped quarters for two years, her teen years taken from her. Her heartfelt tales often resulted in tears, both from her and audience members deeply affected by her stories, projections, and bitter realities of how hard life can be. Most importantly, I walked away remembering "do not let grief rule your life," and that as long as you believe there is goodness in the world, it is your job to be sure to contribute to that cause.... full review
LIANA MESAIKOU certified reviewer June 16, 2019
More of a shared experience than your traditional one-woman show, Shiva for Anne Frank will entertain you, move you, enrage you, and leave you wanting to know more about both Anne and Rachel.... full review