In a one person show, Sarah Quinn, plays a number of roles that examine the self help industry, exposing it for various potential sins such as bringing one’s own problems into the seminar room, exploiting celebrity to promote dangerous products and the cult of sexual prowess. It may also deliver pangs of guilt and embarrassment to audience members who may also indulge in such therapies from time to time.
Written by Quinn in conjunction in parts with Canadian comic Deanne Smith and Sam Booth, this slick production combines an outstanding solo performance by Quinn who moves effortlessly between characters of different ages and personalities with various audio visual set pieces and tricks as scene changers.
If criticism can be made it is in the opening piece where Ms Fuerstenberg in delivering her ‘Your Life Starts Tomorrow’ seminar plays out her strife with former business partner Rebecca Strauss over a range of intellectual property disputes. The scene almost tries too hard and accordingly makes it unclear whether this is a comedy (a not very good one) or something more substantive (which it successfully is). It is only when teenager, on-line do-gooder Kasey takes to the stage that all becomes more clear.
The Bakehouse Studio challenges any performer on many dimensions, especially space and stage wings but Quinn’s dynamic display and professionalism carries the day in a worthwhile examination of a dubious but ubiquitous profession.
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