How To Be Japanese

miyo yamauchi · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by CYNTHIA CLARKE

June 08, 2022 certified reviewer

What I liked

I especially treasured her voices for her different characters. If I have to pick one, I would choose the story about her grandmother as my favorite.

The single prop—a push-able, black cube which served alternately as a pin on a map, a boiling cauldron, and even an actual place for sitting!

What I didn't like

Can’t think of anything!

My overall impression

What a delight! Being part of the live audience for Miyo Y’s Hollywood Fringe Festival solo show, “How To Be Japanese.”

Miyo skillfully weaves together several stories (a couple of which I had heard before in different iterations), using connectors that produced a smoothly flowing, hilarious and also sweet, one-woman performance. I especially treasured her voices for her different characters. If I have to pick one, I would choose the story about her grandmother as my favorite.

Oh and let me not forget the talented co-star. What co-star, you ask? Wasn’t this a one-woman show? I’m talking about her single prop—a push-able, black cube which served alternately as a pin on a map, a boiling cauldron, and even an actual place for sitting! Miyo made full use of the width of her stage to transport us from place to place and from character to character.

After seeing this show I promise, you will never, ever be xenoglossophobic! I just learned that word; look it up if you have to!

My normal may still not be her normal, but Miyo shows us the precious things we have in common despite our differences. Brava!

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