I Sell Windows

A NoHo Arts theatre review of Outside In Theatre & Bottle Tree Theatre’s I Sell Windows by Kacie Rogers, directed by Jaquita Ta’le with Shadow Puppetry created and performed by Brittaney Talbot with Perry Daniel.
Photo Credit JJ Hawkins

[NoHo Arts District, CA] –   A NoHo Arts theatre review of Outside In Theatre & Bottle Tree Theatre’s I Sell Windows by Kacie Rogers, directed by Jaquita Ta’le with Shadow Puppetry created and performed by Brittaney Talbot with Perry Daniel.

I’ve seen the remarkable actress Kacie Rogers in several recent and brilliant productions at A Noise Within. And in Bright Half Life at The Road a couple of years ago, which was astonishing. Every time she’s on stage I just can’t take my eyes off her. You know what I mean of course, some actors are just magnetic, they have something special and indefinable, that unmistakable indescribable thing. You just believe them, no matter what they say or do. So when I heard she created this autobiographical solo show, I just had to see it. I was not disappointed.

I Sell Windows tells the story of Kacie…or at least a part of her. Centered around a job she had no idea she would be good at, selling windows to strangers in grocery stores by connecting to her customers with her vivid honesty and truth telling. She a born storyteller. The narrative of this show leaps about playfully, like a story you are telling someone when a more interesting points occur to you and you just have to digress a little. But this effect feels natural, fluid, organic, and perfectly placed. Never a distraction, only following the lines and curves and curls of a mind unfolding to its central pivotal moments. 

A NoHo Arts theatre review of Outside In Theatre & Bottle Tree Theatre’s I Sell Windows by Kacie Rogers, directed by Jaquita Ta’le with Shadow Puppetry created and performed by Brittaney Talbot with Perry Daniel.
Photo Credit JJ Hawkins

Kacie takes us on her journey to acting, fleetingly and rudely in New York, warm and welcomed in L.A. And the anecdotes are hilarious and exquisitely real. But there is a thread unraveling through these portions of her life. She lost someone along her way…like many of us do. And this loss has speared her heart to the floor in a way that can’t be ignored and in a way for her that can’t be forgiven. I think it was the cause of this beautifully written and rivetingly performed play—the impetus for her to create out of her sadness. Artists must make something from themselves, always. And when they are as brilliant an artist as Kacie Rogers then what they create must be brilliant too.

There’s a song that runs through the show. Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car.  A song Kacie sings as a lullaby, a siren song, a call to arms and a requiem. It marks time in this wonderfully wrought song, unraveling and poignantly and heartbreakingly reminds us of her deep wound around which this play is made. More truth. Curious how music can find what we mean to say, when we can’t find it for ourselves. And how that helps us when we think nothing can.

A NoHo Arts theatre review of Outside In Theatre & Bottle Tree Theatre’s I Sell Windows by Kacie Rogers, directed by Jaquita Ta’le with Shadow Puppetry created and performed by Brittaney Talbot with Perry Daniel.
Photo Credit JJ Hawkins

I Sell Windows is also very, very funny. Kacie has a very dry, sarcastic wit and she uses it to full effect in this wonderful play. And there are utterly incredible shadow puppets, on a window of course, representing boyfriends and heartache and love, all gorgeously playful and sweetly profound. The whimsy of their magical presence on this tiny intimate stage with Kacie deepens the whole experience. It is childlike and evocative, and very powerful.

I Sell Windows is one of those exceptional pieces of theatre that stays with you long after the ride home. It has returned to me so many times in the past week. In smiles and in the strength of Kacie’s face as she sings, and in the mesmerizing fluttering of the storytelling, like a moth on a window. 

I wish you would see this lovely and meaningful play.  Outside In Theatre is a brand new space in Highland Park and is perfect for Kacie. It kind of feels like a storefront…echos of window sales. Years ago, when I was even younger than Kacie I think, there was a time when I sold windows too. And I was strangely pretty good at it! It all comes full circle in the end whether we expect it or not!

I Sell Windows is playing throug June 17…go and see this play!!!!!!!

Tickets: 

https://outsideintheatre.org/i-sell-windows

When:

May 25-June 17
Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
Mondays at 7:30pm
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Live Stream $10 – 4 shows only May 28, June 3, 9 & 15

Where:

Outside In Theatre
5319 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042