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Identity Crisis

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Actress Phina Oruche's autobiographical solo show explores the kind of identity struggles that are common to us all. More…

Best known for her role as aloof supermodel Liberty Baker in the ITV drama 'Footballers’ Wives,' Oruche, now in her 40s, has started to question who she really is. Spending more than two decades of her life taking on other people’s identities—first as a New York fashion model and later as an award-winning TV actress—has taken its toll.

Member Reviews (8)


Confusing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
Avg Score

Confusing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a one person show about her life-I think. She plays all the characters but not very well so when she tells HER story-great.

Don't see it if You want a coherent story. As she switches from character to character it's often hard to tell who/when/why. Story is lost.

Confusing, Intelligent, Indulgent, Angry, Insightful

See it if Interesting portrayal of black woman's experience in modelling/TV. Impressive performance of many roles. Struggle to find self.

Don't see it if She is judgmental and angry, often without being funny. Frequent character switches are hard to follow. Venue was hot and stuffy.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if She is a friend or relative of yours.

Don't see it if You have a deck of cards or a games app.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great storytelling

See it if You want to hear some insight into the world of modeling and Phina's journey there. You want to be sucked into her world and enjoy the ride.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a one woman show about her trials and tribulations. You are not interested in her modeling and personal career

Also I enjoyed hearing her story and I enjoyed how she told it. This was a ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Overreaching, Self-indulgent, Well-acted

See it if Charming, lovely, multi-talented, Phina auto-bios a succession of almost-famous successes that eventually leave her stranded.

Don't see it if Unfortunately not compelling enough for a one-woman show. Story lacks a driving engine.

Funny, Great acting, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you want to experience something different, this is a autobiographical monologue of the actor's life.

Don't see it if You have a hard time following multiple characters and are expecting a big stage production.

Ambitious, Confusing, Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like solo shows and think that every person should transform put their life story into theatre piece

Don't see it if You're claustrophobic

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if A one woman show that explores the identities a black women was required to play for a white male society. An outstanding performance mate.

Don't see it if you like 'Love Island', Bake Off or are Everton fan.

May 10th, 2017
for a previous production "She is funny, self-deprecating, and there is an honesty in her hindsight but the relaxed chatty style hides some barbs of social commentary...Oruche's story is a really interesting one and that is where this piece worked best...The other characters, despite their distinctions of gender, age, and...
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May 10th, 2017
for a previous production "This is an autobiographical account, and a refreshingly honest one at that...'Identity Crisis' subverts the usual approach to tragedy in a play, beginning with a death and its aftermath before going on to talk about less mournful times. Oruche has a highly compelling manner and gives a thoroughl...
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May 15th, 2017
for a previous production "Oruche has an inviting, if slightly nervous energy...Each character comes to life quite vividly, even if they get a little muddled towards the last half hour of the piece. Oruche is a clever performer, but not entirely in control; the piece far too often dips into a casual conversational tone, l...
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May 12th, 2017
for a previous production "It was her raw honesty and boisterous, hilarious wit that kept me engaged...The ease with which she switches accents and identity traits across these different people was great, the energy in this woman is astonishing...She was so honest in telling the audience everything about her life whilst a...
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