In Short: Touching, personal stories from every stage of life come to life when shared by expert storyteller Lou Ann Homan.
My verdict: 4 martinis
A closer look:
If you loved the Phoenix’s recent run of Love, Loss and What I Wore, you will really enjoy this show. While storyteller Lou Ann Homan does not draw or discuss her outfits, she shares personal stories in a similar personal style.
At the beginning of the show, she tells a story of asking a taxi driver if he believed in happily ever after. The rest of her journey builds on the concept of finding happily ever after, if it even exists, and what to do after you’ve found it or when it falls apart. From the time her world crashed when she learns the truth about puberty to college, marriage and children, Homan mixes life lessons with humor and her own unique observations. I could have listened to her talk about her life and insights for hours.
A Baptist Girl’s Guide… is not going to be the most groundbreaking, edgy thing you see at Fringe, but it might be one of the most touching. Some of the stories may sound familiar, but in Homan’s expert hands, her story is mesmerizing. This show really spoke to me, perhaps because I’m a woman, but I think anyone can find something that speaks to him or her. I have a feeling this Baptist girl will stick with me for a while.
See it at the Phoenix in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre:
Karen Hurt is a 2010 theatre graduate from Millikin University, and you may also see her singing and dancing on local stages from time to time. She spends her days working in PR, exploring Indianapolis and trying to become the perfect mix of Kate Middleton and Beyonce. Follow her on Twitter at @KarenWoodsHurt.