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Identity Crisis

From 10 critic and 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.

Theatre full stop

for a previous production "The evening captures the chaos of Oruche’s life and it’s as if the audience has been invited to view an exhibition of Oruche’s life...Although these characters are an inspired tool to showcase how they have molded and shaped Oruche, the evening misses a depth quite challenging to achieve when a solo performer takes on this challenge. The narrative consequentially is structurally messy...Despite the heavy subjects of loss and mental health, Oruche’s strength and ebullience shine through." Full Review

A Younger Theatre

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, losing its dynamic tempo...Towards the end it is hard to remember the initial tragic event that prompted the piece, as it is overshadowed by the abundance of detail from Oruche’s career." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "It’s an ambitious but unfocused solo show, and while a confiding, likable Oruche tries to mine her life for material—and there’s plenty of it—she constantly runs the risk of going on rambling rants or skittering from one snappy anecdote or character to the next, leaving us without much of an emotional anchor...There’s little in the way of excavation here, though there’s plenty of dishing the dirt." Full Review

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.

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.

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.

Cast & Creatives (5)