solo performance · common peace, center for the advancement of nonviolence · Ages 15+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show world premiere
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June 30, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

I loved how Candace peeled the layers of her SELF to expose her vulnerabilities of a woman in search of finding her higher calling. She did this through humorous and painful stories. Through her being raw, we could see her, the woman, and we could see her transformation of learning the ideas and ideals of non-violence, not an easy task. I felt that I left the theater having learned something but she taught through her performance of song and stories. Also, her use of multi-media was one of the best integrations I’ve seen in these festivals. Candance’s performance and was tight and she revealed a beautiful theatrical arch. I look forward to seeing her performance again.

What I didn't like

Because the personal stories were so powerful where we saw her humor and vulnerabilities, I wanted to see a few more snippets of her life and her triumphs.

My overall impression

Candace Carnicelli delivers a very important performance that weaves between global and American history, personal narrative, and poignant insights. Underlying her themes, her message centers on peace and love. She works out these seeming big ideas through a very effective use of documentary footage, historic photos, recorded music, her own singing, humor, and storytelling. And, she does this huge task, effortlessly and seemingly with ease.

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