Herpes: A Love Story

solo performance · n/a · Ages 17+ · one person show · United States of America

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TERRY ANNE HOLZMAN certified reviewer · June 07, 2017
When I was handed a bright pink poncho and a condom---branded with the show name---along with the program featuring a photo of the star dressed as a giant, fluffy herpes lesion, I immediately thought "ahhhh, I'm at the Fringe." I use the word "branded" intentionally because that's how Cherise Pascual (aka "Cherry Cola") the high-octane star and writer of this solo show felt after being diagnosed with herpes. She tells her story with courage and laughter and we take the journey from self-hate to self-love with her. I won't tell you what the poncho is for, you'll have to see the show for yourself.... full review

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SPENCER FRANKEBERGER certified reviewer · June 09, 2017
Hilarious, bold, and poignant, Herpes is a fascinating journey that provides a public glimpse into the private world of the performer that not only touches the entertainment on the surface, but digs down to provide the humanity and emotional baggage as well to tell a story that, while visual and fast-paced on the outside, is full of compassion, heartbreak, and raw truth on the inside.... full review

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EUGENE IEMOLA certified reviewer · June 16, 2017
An emotional roller-coaster that you're not likely to forget.... full review

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AMANDA WILLIAMS certified reviewer · June 07, 2017
The show was entertaining and well written. I loved it.... full review

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CYANNE MCCLAIRIAN · June 06, 2017
When you walk in the door & are handed a poncho AND condoms... you know it's gonna be a rockin good time. And Cherise did not disappoint -- she had me from the moment the lights came up. This girls brain is truly a marvel to behold as she throws balls to the wall, bearing her heart & soul in this hilarious emotional rollercoaster. She makes you think. She makes you feel. She makes you laugh. Heck, she even sings!! And -- um -- did I mention condoms??!! This is one show you do not want to miss!!!... full review

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BONNIE SLUDIKOFF certified reviewer · June 09, 2017
This is probably the most immersive solo piece I've ever attended! I had seen the shows debut months ago, and it was already amazing but Cherry Cola has stepped up her game. I want to highlight things, but I also don't want to give away all of the surprises! You'll definitely catch some feelings- belly laughs, shock at times, and maybe even a case of the feels. It's probably nothing 10 pounds of coke cant solve... speaking of immersive, not only does Cherise leave her whole heart on that stage, she leaves behind a whole trail of white powder, water, and a few other things she tosses at the audience from time to time. Herpes isn't a play- it's an experience. Brave, funny, and not to be missed. ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 09, 2017
Everyone should see this show!... full review

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RUTH ISABEL GUERRA dinner party (blog) · June 12, 2017
Truthfully, I had no idea what I would be walking into when I first entered the theatre. And boy, was I in for an exciting surprise! Cherise is able to walk that fine line between laugh-out-loud comedy and deep sentiment. She is bold in her words. She is audacious in her actions. WORTH EVERY DROP OF LISTERINE (and I wasn't wearing a poncho).... full review

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ELIZA GIBSON · June 12, 2017
This is a hilarious one-woman show that takes us along a crazy ride of sex, STDs, drugs, self-acceptance and acceptance of the HERP. Super fun show, and yes, you'll want to wear that pink poncho!... full review

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AVA BOGLE certified reviewer · June 12, 2017
tagged as: multimedia · musical · Empowering · comedy
I just sat through this show with a big smile on my face. Cherry's humor, honesty, and unstoppable spirit are infectious. As are her hilarious spoof renditions of songs we all know and love--and she has a gorgeous voice. This show is a delight.... full review

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