Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

Comedy · alexandra ryan · Ages 15+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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SOO CHYUN certified reviewer June 29, 2023
As you step into the theater, the sight of Alex Ryan lying on the floor, bound to the spot where a corpse would rest, immediately captures your attention. The show commences with her skillfully filming a self-tape using her phone—an engaging opening that deeply resonates with the majority of the audience. What initially appears as unrelated moments gradually interweaves, inviting us on a profound exploration of Alex's identity, family dynamics, experiences of loss, grief, and the lingering pains of her childhood. Remarkably, amidst the poignant themes, the performance maintains a delightful and enjoyable tone, granting us glimpses into the depths of Alex's soul. Alex's remarkable ability to effortlessly switch between voices is truly asto... full review
ANGELIQUE FUSTUKJIAN certified reviewer June 26, 2023
tagged as: growing pains · therapy · grief · funny · heartfelt
Alex Ryan delivers a performance that is filled with nuance, love, and heartbreak. This piece will have you thinking long after the show ends. I cannot wait to watch this show again. ... full review
CHUCK MCCOLLUM certified reviewer June 23, 2023
Alex Ryan, on a journey to discover the "real" her, has created a piece that is quick, funny, and entertaining--while, at the same time, both instructive and deeply moving. As she invites us into the intimate world of her troubled birth family, she demonstrates with ease and light-heartedness the "not-so-funny" phenomenon of a developing young personality being fractured into people-pleasing facets as a survival mechanism. Then (although not without warning), she shares with us the sharp and imperishable pain of sudden tragedy, providing us (or reminding us of) basic insight into grief; both for the grieving and for those who are "grief-adjacent"(my term, not hers). Sound difficult to make funny? It is--and she has pulled it of with thoughtf... full review
ELIZABETH VACOVEC certified reviewer June 17, 2023
tagged as: female · humor · Dark Comedy · trauma · family
Alex’s performance was inspiring. The courage and bravery it took to share her story was admirable. The seamless blend of comedy and tragedy kept me engaged the whole time. Highly recommend.... full review
ARIA KLIBBE certified reviewer June 22, 2023
tagged as: One Woman Show · Dark Comedy · Comedy
A breathtakingly brilliant, vulnerable, and beautiful deep dive into the psyche of a child to adult in the midst of a turbulent family. It touches on the mental turmoil of the family scapegoat, the gut-wrenching guilt that comes with loss, and every messed up circumstance in between that comes with the territory. Alexandra’s performance perfectly brought everything to life with the perfect mix of comedy, emotion, and overall LIFE. 10/10 would 100% recommend! Wish I could watch it twice. ... full review
MATT RITCHEY gia on the move certified reviewer June 22, 2023
Deeply touching (and woefully understandable) story told with empathy, humor, and heart. Terrific performance, great writing, and wonderful direction. Underneath all of the “Alex” personas is a powerful being who it is a pleasure to witness. ... full review
MATTHEW MARTIN certified reviewer June 21, 2023
tagged as: vulernable · strong · powerful · honest · hilarious
Wow! What a show! Right from the get-go, just looking at the stage set, I was intrigue and excited. I was not prepared! Alexandra hits you in the face right from the start. She's bold and energetic and full of life. And what I love is that this is the perfect set-up for what's about to happen. We watch her show us so much of who she is in the first 5 minutes, that the rest of the play becomes this beautiful journey of discovery and enlightenment. It's just wonderful. The writing is what takes hold of you the most. Alexandra brilliantly flows between her three selves like their old hats she's putting on. And we get such a sense of what she dealt with throughout her life that we are swept away by her honesty and vulnerability. And ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 20, 2023
An incredibly real story that was performed beautifully!... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 18, 2023
Loved it! Entertaining from beginning to end! Very imaginative and creative. ... full review
KRISTEN ARIZA certified reviewer June 19, 2023
tagged as: actors · clever · witty · dramedy · family
Funny and moving, soul baring and emotional. ... full review