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ensemble theatre · mmmkay productions · Ages 16+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by SHARI BARRETT

June 14, 2019
tagged as: acceptance · Love · coming-of-age · ensemble · lesbian · gay · lgbtq

What I liked

Michael Mullen’s monologue at the end of the performance was heartfelt and boldly honest, shared in a downstage spotlight which focused attention exactly where it was needed thanks to lighting designer Mary Losurdo. Kudos to director Kristin Towers-Rowles and supporting cast members Gwen Hollander, Corey Rieger and Lisaun Whittingham for sharing songs and stories during this coming-of-age tale. And kudos to Michael Mullen for designing the costumes which perfectly convey each of the characters presented. I especially loved him as Trixie, the wild blonde, during his “Outside, Looking In” scene with Whittingham as Gail, the family confrontation/acceptance scene “Alexis” in which all four performers were featured, and the hot and sexy “Nirvana” role-defining scene between Mullen and Hollander, directed by Towers-Rowles with keen insight into what should be shown onstage in the way of lovemaking.

What I didn't like

There were a few technical difficulties during the first performance which I am sure will be worked out during the rest of the run.

My overall impression

With June being Pride Month, it’s the perfect time for this play about a young man’s struggle to accept himself the way he was born and to live his life to the fullest in the truth that is his.

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