Company: Aerial Angels, Kalamazoo, MI
Venue: Venue #9 - Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP)
I don’t know what, if anything, is true in TRUE STORY, but you’ll have a great time trying to figure it out.
Writer and performer Allison Williams made sure everyone at Thursday's matinee show was engaged by roping off the back section of the theatre and having everyone sit up front. From there, she explored the difference between regular people and circus people, offered tidbits of Southern wisdom and mixed in some relatively painless audience participation.
By taking on a range of characters from a teenage girl to a stripper, a fire eating circus performer to a high society widow, she challenged those in the crowd to shed whatever is weighing them down in life. Simple costume and accent changes helped Williams differentiate her characters, and as she wove her tales, I couldn't help but wonder how much, if any, was true.
She deftly handles dark subject matter with a light touch and her delivery is so natural the stories feel like anecdotes from her own life, or things that have happened to those close to her. I don't know what, if anything, is true in TRUE STORY, but you'll have a great time trying to figure it out. One suggestion for the ladies out there though: clean your purses before you head into this show.