This comic semi-autobiographical piece, written and performed by award-winning playwright, Monica Bauer, is a gorgeous wee gem of a show.
Billed as a coming of age, gay-straight love story, Bauer depicts the fortunes of a working class 15 year old girl who lied her way into a prestigious American boarding school for the arts.
As we’ve come to expect from Bauer, her writing is stronger than strong. Not a word is wasted. Her performance is engaging, though perhaps she dropped out of character occasionally, when playing her much younger self.
The story of how she secured her place at Interlochen Arts Academy is endearing and entertaining. But the sequence of events that followed left me genuinely moved.
Why are gay lads are being expelled from the school at an alarming rate? Who is this gay best friend that influenced Bauer so much? Will Bauer risk everything to make a stand?
This is a play about a sense of belonging, of right and wrong and of loyalty. Anyone who still thinks that homosexuality is somehow immoral should see this piece immediately.