This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show

bipolar fantasy squad · Ages 14+ · United States of America

Content Warning one person show world premiere
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June 04, 2023 certified reviewer
tagged as: powerful · women · solo · live music · improv · Comedy · drama · mental health

What I liked

The writing number one. It went so many interesting place, while never losing the main thread of the story. It was funny and yet so meaningful dealing with such serious topics. But also Samantha’s care, and seeming ease, with which she brings her audience on the ride with her performance.

What I didn't like

As the show becomes even tighter in its pacing and the performer becomes more confident in her performance with each run, this show will only get better. Oh, and the timing when you dare to be so brave as to rely on audience interaction will depend on the audience each show. Not that this is bad; it’s just an unknown!

My overall impression

This comedy about about some seriously uncomedic events was so thoughtful and moving, but also delightful and funny. The show moves through its 90 minutes at wonderfully fast pace. It goes to a variety of places and never feels paint-by-numbers. Samantha is puts on a masterful performance keeping her audience intimately engaged, through her at-ease comic vibe, improvisation, gorgeous singing and music, and even some dance and physical comedy. This piece was so well written and well performed. I can’t recommend this show enough.

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