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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July 14, 2023 certified reviewer

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“This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show” blew me away! I had the privilege of attending this unique performance by Samantha Bowling, and let me tell you, it was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions.

So, picture this: Samantha, who used to be part of the comedy duo Bipolar Fantasy Squad with her friend Brittany Belland, finds herself on stage alone after Brittany’s tragic death. You can imagine the weight of grief and loss she carries, but she fearlessly takes the spotlight and uses her incredible comedic talent to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.

The show is this beautiful mix of dark comedy, variety acts, and personal stories that had me laughing one moment and holding back tears the next. Samantha’s authenticity and vulnerability are truly remarkable. She delves into struggles with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety, all while encouraging us to break down the walls of silence around these topics.

What struck me the most about “This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show” is the underlying message of the Bipolar Fantasy Squad. Samantha and Brittany firmly believed that mental health conditions can be seen as superpowers, and they wanted to empower others to embrace their uniqueness. The idea that each of us is irreplaceable and has something valuable to contribute to the world is incredibly uplifting.

Samantha’s comedic timing is impeccable, and her ability to improvise had the audience in stitches. She fearlessly tackles subjects like self-harm and sexual violence, but manages to infuse them with hope and resilience. It’s a delicate balance, but she pulls it off flawlessly.

If you’re looking for a show that challenges societal norms, encourages open conversations about mental health, and delivers a night of laughter and introspection, “This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show” is an absolute must-see. Samantha Bowling’s courage, resilience, and comedic brilliance create an experience that will leave you inspired.

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