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This gripping drama tells the story of Donna, an idealistic 1960s Midwestern American girl who winds up teaching English in Vietnam during the Vietnam war.

The script is written and well-acted by Donna’s real-life daughter, Tonya, based on her mother’s recollections.

From wide-eyed high school grad to a whirlwind marriage to a naval officer, which takes her all over the United States; from a failed marriage to a foreign-language specialist; from a move to Vietnam and culture shock to an interracial second marriage, it’s impossible not to be astounded at the sheer range of experiences Donna has, even if a few of them — like chasing the last plane out of war-torn Vietnam across the tarmac while eight months pregnant — sound like something out of an action flick.

While there are a few instances where the script gets murky regarding which location the character is in, this is a minor nitpick for what is probably the best one-woman show of the fringe.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the Fringe program:

In August of 1968, a farm girl from rural Indiana stepped off a plane in Saigon. From being held at gunpoint her first night in-country, to adopting a family of Vietnamese orphans, her extraordinary true story is "a consistently thrilling celebration of the places we go and the people we meet." (5 Stars - CBC)

5 Stars "Rarely does a bare stage transform so elegantly into its tale's setting…don't miss the chance to witness it." - Winnipeg Free Press

Cast: Tonya Jone Miller

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $9 for Seniors, veterans

Warnings: None

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