In the Tides of Love

Solo Show · alexandra punch · Ages 16+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by SIDNEY CARTWRIGHT

June 26, 2022 certified reviewer

What I liked

The play.

What I didn't like

The fact that it ended.

My overall impression

First and foremost, Alex is an observer. As she meditates on her own past trials with love and relationships, she approaches herself with the same loving forgiveness and understanding as when she approaches others—gracefully. With striking vulnerability, she interacts with the audience in a way that seems two-sided, almost conversational; an onstage presence that makes you feel individually seen and heard. She clearly articulates her journey of finding self-love, then losing it, then finding it all over again, offering a perspective that is both deeply personal yet universal in nature.

In the Tides of Love is a gift to any and all viewers, packed with poignant reflections on love and self-worth, humor-filled moments of sheer relatability, and an exploration of the emotions that most of us find difficult to articulate. From the get-go, Alex takes the stage in the greatest, perhaps only way she knows how: as a completely open book, with only a regard for delivering raw truth. To watch her is to fall in love— with her, with yourself, and with life all over again.

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