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Artichoke Hearts

solo performance · sarah mitchell · Ages 16+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by BEN SILVA

June 07, 2016 certified reviewer

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I’m a longtime friend of Sarah’s, and there is perhaps no greater nightmare than a good friend asking you to see her one-woman show. Maybe that’s why, for me more than anyone, this show was a beautiful, generous surprise. You laugh before you know you’re laughing and you cry before you know you’re crying. It is a tremendous exercise in empathy and collective ego, a gentle exploration of the ways in which we relate to each other and ourselves. You expect to hear people talk about love during their interviews, but the subtle magic of this show comes from seeing them love, actively, even as virtual strangers, through the simple act of participating in an honest conversation with another human being. I came out of this show reminded of how lucky I am to have people in my life I can open up to, and how incredible it is that one of those people, even after all these years, can still genuinely surprise me.

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