Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

In this solo show, a recent widow in a small conservative Texas town is faced with a whole new set of personal challenges when her 14-year-old daughter comes out as gender queer.

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Trish works at a nearby hospital and cherishes her church, her home, and everything else she can count on in a world she now finds herself alone in. Then suddenly she faces a crisis she never saw coming: her beloved teenage daughter announces she is gender queer, and that she’s starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school. Trish has no frame of reference for this information; like many people in her world, transgender people and issues simply aren’t on her radar. How can she possibly be forced to choose sides?


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85
The Pittsburgh Tatler

for a previous production "A funny and endearing account of a battle on the frontlines of the culture wars, one that reveals both the breathtaking hypocrisy of religious rhetoric...Trisha is the kind of character it would be all too easy to caricature or patronize, but both Edie’s script and Amy Landis’s beautifully nuanced performance wisely choose to pull us deeply into her point of view instead. Ingrid Sonnichsen directs with a deft comic touch...A rich and rewarding journey." Full Review

80
Philadelphia City Paper

for a previous production "Elise Forier Edie’s 2013 one-woman drama has many comic moments and a few tough truths...Amy Landis channeled Trish’s strengths and fragilities, seamlessly blending with the character as she copes and grows with her fast-changing place in a society she thought she knew...'Unicorn' explores many issues, most satisfyingly the differing mother-daughter relationships...Bonus: Rarely have I seen the ACLU depicted so accurately." Full Review

85
Burgh Vivant

for a previous production "'The Pink Unicorn' is a treatise on love, religion, and human sexuality, but it is also side-splittingly funny...Landis is fantastic as Trisha. Her strong performance exudes love and forgiveness...It would be easy to make fun of this upstanding Christian woman thrown into circumstances she can’t understand, but neither Landis, nor director Ingrid Sonnichsen ridicule the character...It’s easy to laugh at Trisha Lee and love her at the same time." Full Review

70
Pittsburgh in the Round

for a previous production "This is a pointed play; or, rather, a very definite point taking the shape of a play, an anecdotal essay written as a one woman show...Trish is no ideal ally, but she is also vulnerable and honest, which is made apparent thanks to Edie’s careful, occasionally blunt prose...At its best, the play feels like a warm escape, but its broad characterization and uncomplicated narrative may hold it back from being the bridge-making unifier it clearly intends to be." Full Review

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95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like solo shows that captivates and moves us.The main character, a mom rises up to protect her daughter's rights to be an individual

Don't see it if If you want to see a big. splashy show. This is very intimate and really examines issues that may challenge who you are.

84
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like solo shows about topics that are relevant to today's issues. If you are a parent that has ever tried to understand your child.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows or need a big production value. but i would still highly recommend to see it!

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want an entertaining one-woman show about the people who never expected to be revolutionaries.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable watching a character learn queer topics - she's like your aunt saying something rude because she doesn't know better.

84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Well-crafted, Funny and touching, Nuanced performance

See it if You want to consider another's POV beyond any stereotypes. This work is thoughtful, funny, topical and where the conversation begins.

Don't see it if You don't want your conservative beliefs or small-town values challenged. Story covers a lot of ground with sensitivity and skill. Worthy.

95
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if a great one person show dealing with a relevant topic. mother finds herself going against her beliefs as she fights for her daughter

Don't see it if there is no hope to open your closed minded self

95
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great writing

See it if A1 writing & performance of a story revolving around a contentious social issue-bias-generation gap-love & support-

Don't see it if strong feelings on present day controversial issues? see what this is about before choosing to see it. Lean towards seeing it-was amazing

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like solo performances about relevant issues, well written and delivered extremely well. Simple yet effective staging speaks to you.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a story about a teen that decides that she is not going to identify with any gender and how it affects her family.

Also I enjoyed how the story was related to the audience. There was humor a... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Heart-warming

See it if You are interested in a perfect primer to help explain gender identity issues to your relatives & friends who are struggling to understand.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in gender identity issues or solo shows. You'd be missing out, though - this is a gem. And warm cookies, too!

87
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Profound, Great writing

See it if Mom know best except she really doesn’t but tries really hard anyway for her daughter. Brava! such an earnest and heartfelt performance.

Don't see it if First act admittedly starts slow and you probably won’t be able to resist her good old southern motherly charms to be hating on LGBTQ.

Also Just became my favorite one-person show ever. Cookies were lovely

88
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy one person shows about contemporary issues + mother-daughter relationship plays. This is well presented.

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of one person shows. You don’t enjoy shows with heavy southern dialect. You don’t enjoy plays about sexual orientation.

80
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if This isn't a heavy handed issue play. It's light hearted and entertaining & the situation relates to all kinds of discrimination.

Don't see it if It was a wee bit long and I wasn't expecting a solo show to have an intermission. Great LGBTQ for dummies lesson and a touching story.

79
Life affirming, strong one woman performance

See it if U want a nonthreatening way to challenge presumptions/questions around gender identity U want to see a tenderhearted story with good values

Don't see it if You are unrepentantly homophobic or conversely if you so immersed in LGBTQ culture that it would bore you to death

Also Amy Landis as Trisha Lee does a great job bringing the audience along ... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Powerful story-telling

See it if you want compelling story, well-acted & staged, about a mother's struggle to accept and support her gender non-conforming child. Powerful!

Don't see it if you're not prepared to think and feel -- about parents, children, society, acceptance, conformity, and individuality. Great solo show!

87
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you're open-minded enough to enjoy a personable, one-woman show about the topic of LGBTQ issues

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-person shows; not interested in LGBTQ issues

Also Well done, actress portrays well a small town Texas mother who interac... Read more Read less

96
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if This is a complex play that addresses the prejudices against LGBTQ youth in high school, and the intolerance and bigotry against them

Don't see it if you are not interested in plays about LGBTQ, in spite of the fact that you are accepting all types of diversity

Also by their family members and the members of the Church. Within this ove... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a performance that captures a small town Texan woman SPOT ON. Accent and mannerisms. Story is funny, touching and relevant.

Don't see it if You’re homophobic or don’t like one person monologue plays.

85
Funny, Enchanting, Intelligent, Relevant, Moving

See it if Bible-belt mom goes through upheaval after her daughter comes out. Tearful inspiring story of love’s triumph. Wonderful characters.

Don't see it if Preachy and overly sentimental in spots. A plea for open-mindedness and tolerance.

90
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like well-written, well-acted solo shows and you are interested in following a character as she grows and changes.

Don't see it if You were hoping for a full play with lots of dialogue or you want to see a musical. You are intolerant of diversity and learning new things.

Also I took my own 14-year-old gender queer child to see this because the d... Read more Read less

83
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Want some laughs. Interesting topic Acting good

Don't see it if You are adverse to transgender issues

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Just see it! Excellent writing, story and delivery. A very relevant topic and really keeps your attention. One of the very best one man show

Don't see it if no complaints - maybe if you're uncomfortable with gender discussion

92
Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if U want to see a perfect solo show. The staging choices focus on her brilliant way to deliver the story making this production a powerhouse.

Don't see it if Are homophic, hate diversity or expecting a stage full of visual effects.

88
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Southern mom standing by/with her daughter no matter what.

Don't see it if you think of relationships or people should be the same.

93
Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Long for a monologue with no action

See it if you enjoy a poiniant, heart wrenching, while clever and hilarious journey from provincial Southern housewife view to acceptance of the other

Don't see it if you are tired of, angered by, or indifferent to tales of mother-daughter relationships and gender neutral struggles in traditional societies

87
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You like terrific acting intelligent writing and interesting subject matter very relevant and necessary

Don't see it if You’re homophobic

92
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if I went with my 16 year old daughter and she left saying, "I think we both learned something here". Unexpectedly wonderful.

Don't see it if not reason not to see it. Go see it!


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