Risk of Elopement

Solo Show · anika ramlo · Ages 14+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by SHARI BARRETT

June 08, 2022 broadway world

What I liked

Each of the patients in the Gibbs Behavioral Health Center are performed to perfection by Anika Ramlo who completely changes per physical presence through movement and costume to portray Gary, Shirley, Mateo, Taylor, and Anika, perhaps the most normal of the bunch. We get to know about each one of them, from the way they look at life, the reasons they wound up there, and what they hope the future may hold for them as well as how their fears keep them stuck inside.

What I didn't like

The costumes changes between characters were done in semi-darkness and silence. Perhaps adding some dialogue while changing characters would make that time move faster and not create such “down” time in the show.

My overall impression

By walking with a cane, putting on a pair of glasses, relaxing in a cot, pining up her hair, wringing her hands, or excessively exercising, Akika Ramlo totally morphs into the patients inside the Gibbs Behavioral Health Center she is sharing with the audience. I guarantee you will feel you know them when you leave the theater, and perhaps gain a greater understanding of what it means to be on suicide watch if you allow grief to run your life

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