Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fringe Festival 2016: "AfterLife"

Day: 3

Show: 12

Title: AfterLife

Category: Drama

By: SunsetGun Productions

Written by: Candy Simmons and Chris Van Strander

Location: Intermedia Arts

Summary: A one-women show about three women in different times and places trying to figure out what they want in life.

Highlights: Candy Simmons fully inhabits three very different characters and makes them seem human and relatable despite their oddities. A woman in Appalachia in the early part of the 20th century wants nothing more than to be a mother, and goes to extreme measures to make it happen. A 1950s housewife feels dissatisfied with her life as a mother, wife, and homemaker, and looks to yoga as a way to find her true self. A modern-day businesswoman in NYC finds that "having it all" isn't as easy, or fulfilling, as it seems. With a change of accessories and accents, and a few images projected to set the time and place, Candy becomes each of these women, their stories tied together around the theme searching for one's identity, as a woman and as a human. Funny, poignant, well-written, beautifully brought to life in a compelling performance. What more can you ask for in a Fringe show?