Publicist: Pamela Kathleen Najera
What I liked
Besides the whole story?
I Loved her original songs and music!
Sit back and enjoy the journey! Lisa’s got this storytelling thing down as she flawlessly transforms from one character to the next. Each distinctly different from one another.
What I didn't like
She needs a bigger theatre!
My overall impression
It really is baffling how the world tries to keep us small. Like that ‘Gopher Game’ in carnivals where you take a mallet and bonk peeking heads of gophers back in their holes. Lisa’s dueling personalities, ‘Warrioress’ and ‘Shame’ are in all of us as we grow and develop to discover who we are. Most of us can relate to the narcissitic parent whom we can never get approval from. Lisa is more than triple threat! Playwright, Acting, Song writer, Singing, AND Dancing?
🏆 WINNER: PICK OF THE FRINGE
🏆 WINNER: BEST OF BROADWATER AWARD
🏅 NOMINEE: TOP OF THE FRINGE
🏅 NOMINEE: BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE
I mean, need I share more? Tanya is an excellent performer. I've seen her show 3 times! I love her drag queen narrator, Tanvi. She graces the stage with a bang upon the opening of the show. You dare not look away because Tanvi demands your attention. She uses her Singaporean-accent to keep you rivetted to her dialogue 🙂 In fact, Tanya goes from so many different accents you'd swear you were seeing more than one person on stage. I am an Asian American (Filipino) and I had so many belly-laugh moments that I related to in Tanya' story. I hate to admit, I was ignorant about everything Singapore and that part of the world Tanya talks about in her show. Watching this show will, definitely, open up your world and expand your awareness, at the very least, about the part of the world that is Singapore.
In my opinion, solo-artistry allows for the non-professional actors and playwrights to brave the stage and share their life-stories. As a professional comedian and actor, Ms Bethany is no exception to the mountainous feat of facing fears and demons to create a masterpiece(continuously a work in progress) She undoubtedly is hilarious! That's her superpower. She's comfortable there. But then she allows you to see past her comedy and in through her personal hell of growing up. She addresses her struggles with bedwetting anxiety...I related with her with my thumb-sucking anxiety that I had well into my late early 30s. And just when I'm relating to her about dysfunctional relationships(all had me cackling out loud) she uses the analogy of a 'human centipede'! Oh! What a visual ! Bethany Vee doesn't disappoint 🙂 She is hilarious and bravely let's it all hang out.
First things first. Set your phone or iWatch to vibrate periodically to remind you to B R E A T H E ! TL's performance is captivating. She takes you on this wild ride of her life and how her inner child-our inner children are running the show. And with TL having an already complicated life being of the hearing and deaf world-life has not been boring for this exquisite warrior. A Rockstar-she has a beautiful voice. A dancer-she is powerfully expressive with her body. And if you've been a love-addict like I once was, hold on to your Kleenex for chapter, no-contact.
Frontline Heroes of the world! You gotta see one of your own gracing the stage! By day she's Florence Nightingale. By night she's literally a songbird! Oh the intricate details of the miseries Charley had to endure. But she tells of her woes in such a comedic way that you're caught off-guard laughing with her and NOT at her. Her musical parodies are cleverly written to share her story in song with a groovy LIVE 3 piece band to boot! (Her son, Andrew, is the keyboardist and bandmaster) Charley’s singing and the band were spectacular. The venue needs a better sound system in place.
To look at Kevin at first glance I saw a Caucasian male. But when I looked closer I then noticed his afro curls. But even still, not until he got 5 minutes in to his show did I find out he was mixed. Well, no wonder he's so uniquely handsome. I assumed life was pretty good for him. I mean good looking people SEEM to have charmed lives simply because of their natural beauty. But then Kevin's story starts to unfold... Kevin tells his story growing out of foster care into a mixed black gay man. He boldly addresses 'uncomfortable' topics about being torn between two worlds of being black and white and to top it off-gay. I left the theatre 'schooled' and thoroughly edutained. Kevin bounces all over the room and is highly physical throughout the show! I loved his spirit guides Lion, Baboon and even the menacing Hyena.
I have so much in common with Charley! I, also, work in the medical field and revel in the freedom of performing on stage. I applaud her boldness to step up and share her story of irony cleverly peppered with lyrics and music to give a comedy relief through dark moments of her life. A live band added a personal touch. It was a family affair! Her son was accompanying her as pianist/bandleader in a 3 piece. The tunes Charley picked and re-written lyrics were perfect. My favorite was a rendition of 'Goldfinger'.
Ann-Marie's performance is endearing throughout a story that is not often talked about but should be addressed. What does a man do when he finds himself attracted to his own daughter? NEGLECT+ABUSE= Anne Marie's Journey.
This show was wonderfully executed by Glennis. Dark, gritty with a sprinkling of light musical relief through Disney tunes with the lyrics cleverly suited to tell her story throughout the show.
Bunny, The Elf is in all of us. The dreams we dared to dream as children get reasoned out of us as reality and responsibility 'grows us up'. The criticism of 'get a real job' that most artists/entertainers hear often is all too relate-able. As if making people smile wasn't a real job. What a gift it is to make a living as an entertainer. Getting paid to make people smile-IS AN IMPORTANT JOB. This is why it's always a huge accomplishment when an artists gets a gig lasting longer than a day or a week. Bunny got to be Bunny for a whole season. She IS a talented actress, singer, and professional creator of smiles. What wonderful poetic justice to watch Bunny's evolution through her show to the 'A-HA!' end. You gotta watch it to find out!
I saw this show for the first time at The Whitefire Theatre/ Solofest 2019. What a treat to see it again! I love how Lisa is brazen in her performance. She is my inspiration to be brave in my show. She spoke about subject matters that most women would be hesitant to reveal, especially today. Lisa embraces all her choices and rolls around with them on stage orchestrating a beautiful performance with song and hilarity. Hollywood is still crawling with predators feasting on young hopeful starlets. This show is wonderfully entertaining and savvy.
What an elite cast! The stage was overflowing with multi talented artists!
The writing from story line, dialogue, to lyrics are witty and hilarious. Being a Filipino American myself, I related a lot to Joy's story. The grass is always greener on the other side and Joy got to experience what it 'could' be like. I know of 'supportive white parents' and how being a 'best friend' to your child could be counter productive. There's a delicate balance to being too strict or too lenient.