This Is It is an existential delight performed by Tamara Hickey, directed by Kate Kohler Amory and co-written by the two women. The "imaginary autobiography" follows the life of Rose from age five to her death. Melding expressive movement, creative sound design and riveting characters, this play explores life, death and what it all means.
Hickey is brilliant as Rose. The control she exhibits over her movements is impressive. In the blink of an eye, she is able to transform into radically different characters, from an alcoholic dance instructor to a taunting little boy. Hickey displays a versatility that delights viewers. The choreography of the show serves the storytelling and is visually riveting. Hickey manages to portray Rose in all stages of her life believably.
The sound design by Liz Stanton is the glue that holds the story together. It helps to signal where the story is at any given moment in time and space. Expertly timed, the sound is immersive and enveloping. From the moment the house opens, a low humming melody can be heard. The sound design not only sets the tone and mood of the piece but helps to elevate the themes. In addition, the projection and lighting design serve the artistic vision. Erika Johnson's lighting design is always engaging. Instead, it helps sell the jumps in time, space and the earthly realm. Lastly, the set design smartly unfolded with the story. In the play's opening moments, the gurney onstage becomes a car, the headlights blinding the audience. The gurney contains a slew of props and costumes that doubles as different set pieces for the story. Even in the moments it transforms into a piano or a ballet barre, its stark medical metal reminds the audience of death, thus, keeping the themes of the show top of mind.
At once funny, thought-provoking and philosophical, This Is It entertains from beginning to end. Sure to relate to audiences of all ages, this solo show is one to watch.
"This Is It"
Written by Tamara Hickey & Kate Kohler Amory
Performed by Tamara Hickey
November 15-16, 2022
The 13th United Solo Festival
October 4- November 20, 2022
410 West 42nd (btw 9th and 10th Avenue)
Carmen is a Brooklyn-based writer and actor, originally from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, currently based in Brooklyn. They have worked with prominent theaters off-Broadway and regionally. Their mission is to use play to create artful representation by and for underrepresented communities. In addition to theatre, Carmen holds love in their heart for drag performance, crafting, a good memoir and their cats. www.carmenburbridge.info