solo performance · jannica olin · Ages 13+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show world premiere
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June 23, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Olin is brave but not self-righteous. She is beautiful and relatable. Her most moving moments in this vibrant solo performance are when she surprises us—and herself—with genuine vulnerability. (Im)Perfekt is a must see for women of all ages who struggle with self-acceptance. It is also a must see for men of all ages who have internalized absurd and generic ideas about beauty and femininity (yes, sir, if this last statement confuses you, then you really, really need to see this show. The women in your life will thank you).

What I didn't like

Nothing comes to mind in terms of improving. But as a side note, I would love to follow Jannica throughout the years as she negotiates her relationship to her alopecia as she gets older and other aspects of her beauty begin to change. I can only imagine her story will become even more powerful as time goes on.

My overall impression

A brilliant and sparkling expression of the challenges of simply walking through the world as a woman. Jannica Olin has crafted an effortlessly executed and deeply personal account of finding her own “perfektion” amidst the violence and disempowerment of misogyny and patriarchy.

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