Jennifer Aniston Stole My Life

theatre · purple turtle productions · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States

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Review by KATHY TURNER

July 23, 2012 certified reviewer

My overall impression

I had hoped to see this play during the Fringe Festival but just kept coming up short on time so was so excited when I heard it was extended and rushed right out and got a ticket (3 tickets actually, I brought friends and told them it should be hysterical – how could it not, the title alone said it all to me). I sat myself in a seat on Sunday, July 22 expecting a one-woman comedy performance. Don’t ask me why, I guess I never read the other reviews or properly read the synopsis but when I saw the program and realized there were other actors and definite scenes, I figured oh well, I’ll enjoy this just as well and was still glad I was here to see this whimsical comedy. Once again I was totally wrong. It’s not a comedy, though there is a lot of comic relief and moments of laughing out loud, it’s a life story and it’s well told, well performed, and it’s charming. It has an ending that slugged me in the gut because I wasn’t expecting it (but then I was surprised from the very beginning) and I’m still thinking about this play the next day and would actually see it again. This is a thought-provoking story from many points of view and for me good theater does provoke one to think while keeping them entertained and this play did it all. I’m so glad it was extended and so glad I was able to finally see it.

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