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 MARNIE OLSON

July 03, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Rachel McKay Steele is a wonderful performer – charming, likable, funny, endearing, raw and real.
The way she brings reality to the legend of Anne Frank is spectacular. I walked away (my makeup virtually non-existent after all my crying) with a renewed sense of hope about the human spirit, and a deeper appreciation for the way we martyr people instead of examining their true selves. I’m sure there are people who were offended by some of the sexual content, but I LOVED it. It added a richness to both Rachel’s and Anne’s stories.

What I didn't like

There were quite a few technical issues with the projections and that’s always a bummer. It can’t always be helped, but it messed with the pace of the show.
There were times I wanted to see a stronger thread connecting the two stories and I felt like maybe some things were happening out of order in terms of what was written and what was performed? But I’m not sure – there were a few times where things got a bit muddled for me.

My overall impression

A moving, educational and surprisingly saucy experience!

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