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solo performance · jasminelou productions, inc. · Ages 14+ · world premiere · one person show · 1hr · United States of America

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Review by VIVI THAI

July 12, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

I loved how it was staged in different areas and how simply Heather changed from character to character to not only give a sense of time and place, but different energies depending on who was talking. Brilliant. I also really, really appreciated how every character was multi-dimensional and had a very legit POV.

What I didn't like

Super technical note: some of the lighting changed color, which changed the mood, which was awesome. I would have liked to see more color changes, but I also understand that might be what they had at the time. No wonder this was an Encore award winner!

My overall impression

Fertile is a wonderfully written play exploring all the emotional nuances of what it takes to bring a child into this techno-godlike world. Heather Dowling is magnificent in telling her candid, compassionate and surprisingly complex story. Seeing multiple characters’ points of view, I almost forgot I was watching a one-woman show!

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