Yonanda Productions & Piccolo Productions present a darkly comic solo play following a dancer through a roller coaster ride in this story about faith, relationships, sexuality and spiritual awakening. More…
On her way to her first big New York audition, dancer Bernie O’Connell is tricked into a car and attacked in a vacant lot off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Bernie goes from a kickline to 'A Chorus Line' to Hollywood and back as she picks up the pieces and finds the glue to put herself back together. From raped teenager, through a survivor of the age of AIDS and homophobia, to empowered Interfaith Minister and grandmother of three, Joanna Rush entertains and weaves a tale with wisdom and humor.
"'Kick' is a kaleidoscope of finely etched characters and a tour de force for the astonishingly talented Joanna Rush...It was stunning. Devastating. At the curtain call, the entire packed house erupted in cheers and there was a standing ovation that lasted for minutes. 'Kick' was sensitively and skillfully directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, which must have been particularly difficult given that there’s not much in the way of a set." Full Review
"'Kick' is a very funny and moving solo play chronicling the odyssey of the fictional New Jersey Irish-Catholic Bernadette O’Connell...Amidst the affecting dramatic and comedic sequences that are skillfully presented, there are a number of perfectly choreographed vignettes. The unison of these is compelling and highly entertaining. Though it’s a one-person show in a small theater, Ms. Taylor-Corbett’s inspired work lends it a visual as well as an emotional grandeur." Full Review
"A tender yet powerful telling of a life lived between God, troglodytes and the search for (self)love...'Kick' invites the audience to share and learn from Bernie's pain and hope, and then to take a stand to change a culture that has been lingering on for far too long. Kick is a show that deserves our attendance and attentive ears, and should be brought to life in other stages besides just this one." Full Review
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