I was impressed with the strength of writing, the ability to deliver those written words with strength and passion, and the facial expressions, tones of voice, and humor that seemed to blend in a very special way that connected the characters to the actress and her audience.
Her voice was strong and easily heard. Her passion for the characters was apparent and charming. My wife enjoyed the performance and we will encourage others to see family dynamics expressed in a passionate and positive manner....
Susanna is so captivating and so moving! I was inspired by her performance and truly moved by the story. Really glad I got to see this!...
certified reviewerJune 21, 2016
Passionate, funny, sad, and immensely enjoyable.
The writer skillfully blended her own story with that of her Great-Great Grandmother Anna Ruth. I shall not spoil the story for those who have not yet had the opportunity to see and hear this performance. Yes, hear this performance. Susanna’s ability to change the sound of her voice made it easy to believe there were two characters on that stage – one living and one not. And always at the right moments, her songs seamlessly brought together two generations separated by distance and time.
This one woman show brought to mind the old adage - I know what I like when I see it. And, I liked “Hello Susanna”!
The show is a memoir of Susanna's personal feelings immediately after her divorce. She is now stuck in Isreal, with no friends and no family, feeling as alone as Tom Hanks in Castway. In her search for guidance she is visited by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother Anna Ruth. Anna Ruth becomes her own personal Wilson, as she inspires Susanna with her own tales of starting over and overcoming challenges in Communist Russia.
The show does a great job of capturing Susanna's sentiment through a voice over of herself as she is typing up her feelings on what is presumed to be social media. One can feel the hopelessness and desperation in her voice as she realizes she's a divorcee at 30, a whole world away from anything that matters to...
One can tell that the story in this show is personal and important for Susanna. Not to give away any spoilers, but something happens in her life that results in confusion and doubt about her identity and what it means to be "Susanna." This show explores the often over-looked journey of the self, who came before us and what does that mean going forward. Touching, true and funny at times, "Hello Susanna" is a thoughtful path through the maze of what defines us....