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Shiva for Anne Frank

solo performance · rachel mckay steele · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · 1hr · United States of America

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RITA KREYNIN certified reviewer June 10, 2019
Great show! It's hard to pull off a funny, poignant and politically relevant one woman show and that's exactly what Rachel Steele. Bravo to her! I highly recommend Shiva For Anne Frank. ... full review
THEA RIVERA certified reviewer June 14, 2019
tagged as: unabashed · heartfelt · touching
Touching, funny, poignant, unabashed. I fuckin' cried y'all!... full review
ABEL HORWITZ June 14, 2019
Raw and powerful. Heartbreaking and hilarious. An ideal Fringe show! Highly recommend checking this one out.... full review
CHLOE GERSHENSON certified reviewer June 14, 2019
tagged as: Jewish · funny · Anne Frank · Empowering · Feminist · queer
If you are a human being in LA, you NEED to see this show! Especially if you are a woman, a Jew, queer, or a person who hates fascism and bigotry. If you are someone who hasn't read Anne's diary since middle school or are a WWII history buff, everyone will get something out of this show. It is extremely funny, heartfelt, and relatable. I learned more about Anne than I ever knew before and got to rediscover what an intelligent young woman she was. This show is politically poignant in a society that is oversaturated with news of mass shootings and systemic racism. Rachel wrote this show from the heart, and her performance leaves the audience both laughing and in tears. (It was laugh out loud funny.) Go see this show, you will regret it if yo... full review
TOBIN MITNICK certified reviewer June 13, 2019
God this play is the greatest.... full review
ANONYMOUS June 12, 2019
tagged as: literature · One Woman Show
I saw a dress rehearsal of Shiva for Anne Frank earlier this month. Rachel McKay Steele’s one-woman show handled the rare feat of being hilarious….and deeply moving. McKay Steele takes scenes from her own life and weaves them in with a few protests. The chief grievance is that Diary of Anne Frank is not taken seriously as literature by many, all because it was written by a teenage girl. The performance asks the audience to take in a full view of McKay Steele’s character, as well as Anne Frank’s. We’re asked to take into account Frank’s brilliance, her sexuality and even what would try the patience of any parent; her snark and her occasional snippish remarks against the people with whom she hid in a cramped annex for two years. Heres a sp... full review
SARAH BURKETT certified reviewer June 12, 2019
“Shiva for Anna Frank” is a piece both long-overdue and distressingly relevant. It’s is insightful, passionate, funny, and educational. Rachel Steele’s take on such a monumental event as the holocaust and portraying such an important person as Anne Frank is no easy endeavor. It’s undeniable that it would take more than a bit of ‘hutzpah’ to attempt such a feat; I believe Rachel proves to have not only attempted but successfully created a piece that both showcases her passion, the extensive research, and her years as a stand up comedian in NYC and brings a new light to Anne Frank’s life and impact on the world. The idea of portraying Anne Frank in a comedy show may make some feel a bit uncomfortable, but Rachel proves engaging, reverent, ... full review

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