Review by anonymousAugust 22, 2021 certified reviewer
What I liked
This show gave the audience a journey thru local history, pain, love and self acceptance.
It was well written and exquisitely performed.
I laughed, I cried, it was a great piece.
What I didn't like
It was perfect.
My overall impression
When it comes to one person shows, I am typically rather skeptical. To me, in order for a one person show to be enjoyable, you need to have both a very well written script and a really good performer playing the part. I am happy to say that Alma Collins’s Strong Like Honey more than delivers on both counts.
Strong Like Honey is a deeply personal exploration of Alma’s youth and her relationship with her mother and with her grandmother, Honey. It is filled with moments that are both poignant and heartwarming (for example, when she tells us about the times when Honey used to reminisce about days gone by or when she took Alma on trips to exotic locales), and also moments that are heart-wrenching. Then to hear Alma tell us about how Honey would abuse her (both verbally and physically) brought some in the audience to tears.
This is not to say that Alma’s story was all about the sad times. Interspersed throughout the serious moments are also many moments of light-hearted whimsy. The times when I was moved to laughter definitely outweighed the times when I was saddened. This truly is an incredibly well written and impeccably performed show and I highly recommend it to everyone.