3. If you find yourself apologizing constantly for falling short of the modern woman’s four-pronged formula for happiness – be an awesome mother, have a successful career, bask in a wonderful and equitable marriage and indulge in plenty of “me” time – then you owe it to yourself to commune with your sistahs (and brothers who are in touch with their feminine sides) … can I get an Amen?!
Inspired by Anne-Marie Slaughter’s splash in The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” Fully Charged Productions nurses today’s feminist rage from the page to the stage, managing somehow to keep things lighthearted. It took seven co-writers, four co-composers, Director Ricardo Frederick Evans’ deft touch, Co-Director William Diggle’s organic staging and six stunningly gifted actors – most alums of the National Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts — to midwife what is sure to be a Fringe favorite.
While not a panacea for every warrior woman’s woes, this comedy explores the guilt, ambition and boot-camp makeover pressure of a D.C.-area single working mom in pursuit of “It All.” A painted backdrop of the curvy Jefferson Memorial dome and the phallic Washington Monument with the Potomac winding through depicts the fluidity with which we can and should define our gender roles.
Amid her typical tumult, though, principal Ann (aka Client No.08975) turns to a corporate, cookie-cutter solution before discovering the secret to identity is to break the mold and give herself a break.
Music stylings range from crisp show tune to stilted rap to jazzy torch song. Standout performers: Aniko Olah wows as Sarge and little boy Will, exhibiting a full spectrum of gender confidence and character homing instincts; Dane C. Petersen glides with ease from estranged husband/dad to homophobic grandma to Princess Barbie to “Grey Poupon” prick; and Jose Pineda as a closeted gay man, Manny, somehow bridges the language of all personhood’s struggles.
Accessories not included, but an awesome array of shoes (props to costumes/props mistress/co-writer/co-composer Lynn Ritland) is worth the price of admission.