Review by CHAS ALLENJune 29, 2019 certified reviewer
What I liked
The show, for me, picked up pace and began the moment when the lead actress stepped on stage. Her performance was both heartfelt and heart-wrenching, powerful and yet vulnerable. After the show she shared the original story of how she came about the play, and how it related to her own life. Her connected performance was evidence of how deeply it resonated. The supporting male, who played the Officer in the show, stood his ground in a pivotal scene, while also successfully taking risks.
What I didn't like
I was looking for something more from the male lead. The storyline seemed to call for more layers within the character and for him to be stronger, almost domineering at times, counterpoint to the lead female character. There were moments where the character was not believable for me. The character did successfully land expressions of self doubt and lack of confidence, yet I didn’t see the other pole of that character’s personality spectrum. I felt there was room to own the other side too with a BIGGER presence during moments of over-compensation for the character’s insecurities.
My overall impression
Engaging and inspired. The show excels at being minimal while also creating a full, well-rounded emotional journey. The use of breaking the fourth wall at times throughout added laughs and successfully allowed the audience to have a stake in the ups and downs experienced by the characters. Overall, the show moved me in ways I didn’t expect.