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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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July 14, 2019 gia on the move

What I liked

I loved the tight scene sequences and use of the fourth wall. Character shifts are hard to do well, and Heather nailed all of them.

What I didn't like

Fire pressed to my feet for an answer, maybe the finale could be consolidated to slice the runtime down, as the denouement lingers longer than necessary. But really, the show is just a gem.

My overall impression

FERTILE is a study in how to do character work in a solo show right. Not only is the structure of the show tight and moves flawlessly, but Heather Dowling creates scenes between two (or three) distinct people and takes her time shifting from one to the next as they communicate. Her timing is perfect and her characters are always honest and never rushed.

The show is a terrific blend of comedy, tragedy, drama, and inspiration and Heather is a tremendous performer. Can’t wait to see her next project!

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