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The Pink Unicorn

From 4 critic and 40 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Great writing, 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. More…

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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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

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

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

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

Must see, Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love great theater, insightful direction, and heart wrenchingly honest and thought provoking acting.

Don't see it if Don't have compassion for the struggles of the LGBTQ children and their families.Or if you do not understand the power of a mothers love.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relatable, Relevant, Well-written

See it if You can appreciate becoming a protector of people or issues you may not have realized were important to you.

Don't see it if You don't like a 1-woman show or LQBTQ subjects.

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

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

Great acting, Relevant, Masterful, Great writing, Absorbing

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.

Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

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

Masterful, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, 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

Masterful, Delightful, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

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.

Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are interested in family relationships and how love is challenged by diversity

Don't see it if You don't like family and diversity

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

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

Relevant, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

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!

Relevant, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a super acted one woman show which ambitiously and creatively discusses coming to terms with difference in a small town setting.

Don't see it if You want a musical and don't like warm chocolate chip cookies !

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

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.

Relevant, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy character arcs, LGBTQ+ issues, monologues, and a brilliant and engaging storyteller.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or long monologues.

Great acting, Exquisite, Delightful, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you love small intimate shows, with great story lines. This show has so much heart and love in it.

Don't see it if you are anti LGBTQ...actually do see it if you are because maybe it will open your heart to loving all sorts of people.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You're into well acted theater, love chocolate chip cookies, or are into LGBTQIA+ entertainment

Don't see it if You don't like your theater to be socially relevant or make you think.

Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

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

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

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

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

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!

Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

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

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

Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

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.

Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a timely, relevant and thought provoking subject, and a well acted and moving performance.

Don't see it if You want a feel good nonthinking comedy, although there are funny moments.

Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing

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.

Exquisite, Profound, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

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

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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

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