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FERTILE.

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

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JIM BLANCHETTE certified reviewer June 24, 2019
There is a good reason this is one of the toughest tickets at Fringe to get. That reason is Heather Dowling. The definition of each character is so specific and wonderful. She sets down the gold standard of what a solo performance should be. ... full review
MATT MORILLO certified reviewer June 15, 2019
Great performance by a charismatic and talented woman in a terrific show that does not end the way you think it's going to. Highly recommended! ... full review
KYLEE PENA certified reviewer June 10, 2019
Fertility and sex and related struggles, questions, and fears are all a real part of our lives that most of us don’t talk about, and these are depicted authentically through Heather’s semi-autobiographical performance in FERTILE. The story stays true to Jenny's path without getting sappy or depressing. There is no prescribed single "right answer" for people with (or without) fertility challenges, but rather a thoughtful glimpse into one woman's journey – with great comedic timing and moments of reflection. ... full review
JENNIE FAHN certified reviewer June 15, 2019
A delightful, funny, and accomplished show - well written and skilfully performed by its charming author, Heather Dowling. It tells a wonderfully relate-able story, and even for those who have not experienced fertility issues, it is something very worth hearing - since you know someone going through it who is not comfortable speaking about it - much like the character in the show.... full review
MIKE REYES mike-check.com certified reviewer June 19, 2019
The story follows Jenny, whose plan is to get pregnant, but when she finds herself hitting a few roadblocks, believing it to be her age as she has just turned thirty-five this show chronicles her struggles about fertility. Jenny faces a myriad of different pregnancy "options," including but not limited to – freezing her eggs, in-vitro, adoption, and much more. As she tries to reconcile her thoughts with the torrent of external opinions from her mom, her friends, physicians, a beloved neighbor with sage advice – and even God which are all played excellently by Dowling – Jenny must ultimately look within herself to discover what motherhood truly means, and what it means to be Fertile.... full review
MARNIE OLSON certified reviewer July 12, 2019
Heather Dowling is a stand-out performer who transitions seamlessly between characters. ... full review
DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE certified reviewer July 05, 2019
tagged as: human · moving · funny
I can honestly say Fertile was one show in the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival that seemed like a no brainer. Most such must be rolls of the dice, but of course if you know a given performer and their work you walk in with expectations. In this case, my imagination conjured the idea of a realistic and fairly autobiographical one woman show about her attempts to become pregnant. My expectations were not met. I was anything but disappointed. In fact, I was thrilled. Actor/playwright Heather Dowling plays Jenny, a young woman very much like Dowling but with a different set of life details. She wants to have a child, but there seem to be...problems. And so begins a journey amid circumstances, friends, medical experts, advocates, an... full review
JENNIFER CHUN certified reviewer July 13, 2019
Heather grabbed me immediately with her exceptional skill at characterization. Frankly, being born in a different social background and having the absolute opposite problem (how NOT to get pregnant) I thought I wouldn't be able to relate. However, her wry humor and boundless energy pulled me along in her journey. ... full review
VIVI THAI certified reviewer July 12, 2019
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! ... full review
VICTOR SOTOMAYOR certified reviewer July 11, 2019
Heather did a phenomenal job embodying all the characters in her one woman show. It was like watching Cybill, but less traumatic.... full review