A new, darkly-comic solo play about women's voices and women's choices as they deal with addiction and abuse as well as healing and survival. More…
"Hope" is the story of three women: Rose, a prostitute in the 1950's; Alice, a spirited, yet haunted wife and mother; and Hope, an Irish-Mexican storyteller who examines the fragments of her life in order to understand how she has survived, and how she will thrive in the second half of her life.
“Salas is contained in a very narrow body, but she is a powerful force on the stage...She has complete Martha Graham-like control...Salas gives us the complicated characters of her father...mother...a brave sex-worker...and she gives us her raw, honest self from childhood to now with all the beauty marks and other warts in various stages of healing...Salas can disappear so deeply into a character that we think someone else is in the room. It’s mind-blowing magic.” Full Review
"Salas takes an intense, heart-wrenching story and infuses it with intrigue with an intense physical performance. Her background as a dancer is evident in her remarkably muscular arms which...glide smoothly across her body or perform rigid, modern dance-influenced gestures...Where most solo shows only scarcely employ props and technology, 'Hope' uses them to maximum effect, making for a fascinating and beautifully enhanced production.” Full Review
See it if You appreciate a wrenching family story told with the drama and inventive staging of a play; though a solo show, it felt richly realized.
Don't see it if You need a linear story and a happy ending; you disbelieve accounts of abuse and its impact.
See it if Woman reconstructs her shattered identity after her mother’s death. Solo actress plays 3 generations with great feeling. Brilliant staging.
Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a painful, intense non-linear journey. A brutally honest view of the past sheds light on the present.
See it if Up for a raw, direct, intense & mesmerizing performance. A wonderfully unrelenting tale, you can't take eyes off Hope Salas.
Don't see it if You want to hum tunes on the way out; music here’s that of pure theatre, with a dead-on, direct, viscerally honest performance & script.
See it if This was an amazing show. The acting was brilliant and moving. So many layers and details to the personal story. I was so glad to see this.
Don't see it if If you don't want to see serious and disturbing reality of a womans life. Not for those looking for light fare. This had disturbing twists.
See it if you enjoy creative, innovative dance theater work and interesting story-telling focusing on a women's journey of self discovery.
Don't see it if you are looking for a linear story telling style and are offended by profanity.
See it if you want to see a searing. precision performance about mourning and memory, involving parental abuse and alcoholism.
Don't see it if you do not like solo shows.
See it if you'd like a well preformed, beautifully staged, familial truth-telling session on the edges of trauma, addiction and dark humor.
Don't see it if you dislike heavy themes, performance art and one person story telling.
See it if you like European-style theatre; for a strong autobiographical show that leaves you wanting more; to be inspired by a true artist.
Don't see it if you do not like solo shows; you need things wrapped up neatly at the end; you're not interested in a family drama.
See it if If you want to see a first-rate multidisciplinary production. An amazing Hope Salas, breathtakingly directed.
Don't see it if You need a strong story arc to stay connected. The production elements are rapturous; the storytelling flattens out a bit.
See it if Know the actress. She’s great at what she does . The problem was the writing
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one person shows . Like a shorter show . The play was too dang long . Got bored .
See it if You want to see one woman’s quirky interpretation of her journey through the aging and death of her parents. Some interesting staging.
Don't see it if You’re not up for another one person show that’s really theatre as therapy for the writer/performer.
See it if You want to see an incredibly rich script a mesmerizing scenic and video design and beautifully stage work.
Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy. There is some humor but it’s serious subject matter but well worth the journey.
See it if you like to be pushed emotionally, if you like intensity, if you are ready to be taken through a rough, painful but beautiful journey.
Don't see it if you expect a fun, light and simple story. If you expect to see cinema in a theatre.
See it if you want to be mesmerized, moved and amazed. One of the most profound pieces on stage. A must see
Don't see it if you want to forever regret missing this marvelous piece.
See it if If you can appreciate survival and strength.., great acting. A tough subject, but done in a way that mixes humor with depth.
Don't see it if not for young children
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