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My Own Private River Phoenix

solo performance · no tomorrow · Ages 18+ · one person show · United States of America

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 19, 2018
A bitingly funny and incredibly touching true story! Ai is a powerhouse and fills the stage with an incredible tale of one woman's quest for "River Pheonix." I cannot recommend this show enough!... full review
VICTOR SOTOMAYOR certified reviewer June 19, 2018
Ai wanted to leave Japan for America in order to meet her River Phoenix, the iconic American actor who died tragically young and whose sensitivity sparked a desire in this 9 year old little girl. She wouldn’t settle until she met her idol in an American white male who would resemble River Phoenix and, one fine day, her dream came true. Or was it her nightmare?... full review
Z RAHBAR June 18, 2018
tagged as: exciting · funny · Authentic
Ai captivates the audience from the very beginning of the performance and brings us on her journey of family, independence, love, and sacrifice. She is authentic through and through. "My Own Private River Phoenix" has everything--laughter, suspense, conflict, and personal growth. ... full review
CHRIS COLLINS certified reviewer June 18, 2018
Ai's obvious acumen in story telling is on display. Her sharp humor avoids the sentimentality that often happens with solo performance autobiographies. The sad tale of her marriage and betrayal at the hand of her ex, gave a touching view of her bravery and humor without self-pity. It is the story of an immigrant rising. She is her own rising Phoenix.... full review
My Own Private River Phoenix is painfully poignant at times and yet it’s an altogether charming and irresistible portrait of a young immigrant looking to find her place in a foreign land. Yoshihara shines brightest at her most tender and vulnerable moments, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this show is a drama. Yoshihara cuts tension in the play with relatable quips about growing up and loving your own damn self. Full review: full review
I enjoyed how Ai took the audience through her very personal story with all of the comedic moments and the drama. Everyone has a story to tell, and she did a great job of weaving it together through the multiple characters that she portrayed. ... full review
WALTER SANTUCCI certified reviewer June 03, 2018
This show was thoroughly entertaining and engaging from start to finish-- there were no boring or wasted moments. The humor was extremely high quality and extremely clever (and often good naturedly sarcastic). Beyond being entertaining, the story made many poignant points about human relationships and cultural gaps... and the ultimate message of empowerment came across solidly. ... full review
KOSCHKA BAHR certified reviewer June 03, 2018
Set against the backdrop of childhood fantasy meeting adult reality, this is a highly personal yet relatable account of self-discovery; a coming to America story marked by vulnerable fragility and the incredible strength of unyielding determination. ... full review
TADAMORI YAGI June 05, 2018
I saw this show earlier this year at the LA Women's Theater Festival and again at the Fringe. It was even better the second time around and I would highly recommend to go see it. Ai Yoshihara is very entertaining and funny as she tells about her experiences first coming to the US from Japan. Her dark sense of humor constantly surprises and keeps the audience on its feet. The different characters she plays are all very funny too. And besides all the humor, there are even some emotional parts too. It was also interesting to hear about her experiences and impressions as a young Japanese woman living in the US. They were quite funny and definitely not what I expected. All in all, this is an unexpectedly unique and fun show. It's only playing a c... full review
ANNE MESA June 05, 2018
I really enjoyed the show. Ai tells her journey from a true modern Japanese perspective. Makes one wonder how America is portrayed to foreigners. Her performance is entertaining, touching, funny, courageous, and honest. She speaks from the heart and offers a unique point of view. Being from Japan, one could relate to many parts of her story. It was wonderful to see someone portray the Japanese experience accurately. Ai's courage and honesty in her one woman show is inspirational. Highly recommend.... full review

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