At the risk of sounding cliche, I had the privilege of reviewing yet another solo festival at the Whitefire Theatre, currently the largest SoloFest on the west coast.
This was a one-woman show, "#METOO," starring Star Stone, and directed and developed by Jessica Lynne Johnson. Cue the klieg lights! A star, or should, I say a Star Stone is born! With a minimalist set and clad in black leotard and leggings, Star starts with a childhood memory of sexuality and performs candid vignettes of her struggle with identity, healthy sexuality, taboos, etc. She masterfully interlaces each with different characters such as: “Rebel-punzel and Cody-dependent.” One character after another with brilliant dialogue and media presentation amplifying each vignette. With the mark of a great actor, she inhabits each of the 25 characters, giving each its own posture and dialect and morphing into them seamlessly. Star also gives a “real” sense of what a woman is without relying on cliches with a ‘no-holds barred” energy, never needing to be vulgar just: honest.
Although the audience was mostly women, there were a few men lucky enough to witness this amazing show.
It feels like witnessing a phD level thesis, far beyond entertainment entering the realms of a brilliant TED talk: explaining the societal implications of sexual consent for women and men. She injects just the right amount of humor weaved through the trauma transcending any foray into victimhood. Her journey seeks self-realization through experiences, including cuddle parties, yoga, meet up groups all the way obliterating any taboos. She doesn’t resort to demonizing men, rather she addresses the cultural shift, the revolution/movement, #METOO now present. She gets the zeitgeist! At the Q & A following the show she said, “…all that happened in real and in life,” adding that she wishes to create a show for teens and hopefully Broadway.