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I Think My Heart Needs Glasses
In I Think My Heart Needs Glasses, the ever-perky Seattle soloist Yana Kesala tells the story of her 10-day silent meditation retreat last August in rural Washington state.
She unpacked 28 years of baggage there and came away with a monologue mostly about her unsatisfying quest for love. Remembering her dating woes — a boyfriend doesn’t know her name, another wants her to keep their hookup a secret — is neither fresh nor particularly involving. Could she take another vow of silence for the rest of her almost 60-minute chat?
The genial Kesala (The Ukrainian Dentist’s Daughter) goes on to relate how she found the love of her life but then faced sudden tragedy. The unexpected revelation reconnects audience attention as she contemplates her grief and desperately struggles to learn something from it, however painful. What she finds will be of interest to everyone wondering how to live a life.
- Kevin Prokosh
(Review based on a show seen at an Ontario fringe festival in June.)
From the Fringe program:
With 10 days of silence ahead of her and 28 years of baggage behind her, Yana explores the scars left on her heart from years of running into walls with love.
Day one of a silent meditation retreat: meet Yana, a skeptical novice meditator. With 10 days of silence ahead of her and 28 years of baggage behind her, she explores the scars left on her heart from years of running into walls with love.
Director: Yana Kesala
Cast: Yana Kesala
"A force… phenomenal acting chops." - Victoria Times Colonist
From the creator of THE UKRAINIAN DENTIST'S DAUGHTER (4 Stars – CBC, 4 Stars – Charlebois Post, Best Female Performance Winnipeg Fringe - CBC Radio, Best of Fest – Seattle, Spirit of the Fringe - Montreal).
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Under 12 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM CDT: