Your Reason for Being

Drama · the sacred actor · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

August 23, 2021 certified reviewer

What I liked

I thought the show started off very strong and ended on target. Familiar with Ikigai, I thought the first actress was impassioned telling how she finds her conviction to stick to her path through dance. Her growth over the short act was visible. I went from “leave this poor soul alone” to “this woman stands in her own power!”

The ending felt like a fireside chat, exploring the concept as an impromptu lecture. The cast felt organic during this act.

What I didn't like

I thought the Comedian performance did not need to mention a castmate in a derogatory way when introducing her as the following act. I also felt that the Video of the man’s monologue was both inconsistent with the rest of the show and way off-base with the concept of Ikigai. The lighting was distracting at times as well.

My overall impression

Overall I feel this show had some very promising moments, especially taking on an ambitious concept of Ikigai, personalized by each performer.

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