Shiva for Anne Frank

solo performance · rachel mckay steele · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by JOY REGULLANO

June 30, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: funny · smart · moving · complex · woke

What I liked

Loved how funny Rachel was, how smart and woke the script and commentary was, I appreciated the 3-dimensional treatment of Anne Frank, I loved how Rachel wove her own life story in, the ending was so so moving. I cried! I really appreciated how educational it was too. I learned a lot about Jewish culture and Anne Frank that I didn’t know before, and when I was growing up I loved reading Holocaust children’s books haha. Also, gotta love the free snacks at the beginning. Loved the running joke of reclaiming the word “Jewess”.

What I didn't like

Nothing glaring comes to mind! I guess at times, the voiceover sound cue for Anne’s entries seemed to come a smidge late, so maybe just tightening it up so it would come on right away when the slide came up so I wasn’t reading ahead of the voice.

My overall impression

alternately funny, moving, complex, intelligent tribute to Anne Frank

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