Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Startling, new one-man show

Last night I attended the opening of Jamie Black's one-man show Living Inside Myself at the Bailiwick Repertory Theater (1229 West Belmont Avenue in Chicago). If you think I'M honest about my personal life in public spaces like this blog and my songwriting, you've got to see this show. I've never seen anyone lay it bare like Mr. Black does. No, there's no nudity, but with humor, emotion, physical comedy, and just a bit of singing he tells the story of being a little girl who knew she was really a boy and her journey towards adulthood as a man. And it's a true story. Jamie tells it with vivid description, real emotion, clear characters and an incredible amount of bravery. Oh, that I should be that brave.

I challenge anyone to attend a performance of this show and then tell me you've ever seen anything like it. It's funny, startling, revealing, and it made me proud to be Jamie's friend. I highly recommend this show. "Living Inside Myself" shows on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 1. Click here for ticket info and tell them my recommendation got you there. Then let me know what you think!

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