Emily Pearlman, one half of the mega-popular MiCasa Theatre, hits Ottawa’s stages with a solo storytelling show about her travels and how we react when faced with circumstances outside our comfort zones.
Should you see it?
The only thing I didn’t like about I Think My Boyfriend Should Have An Accent is that it ended. Let’s start with that.
I Think My Boyfriend Should Have an Accent is an autobiographical solo storytelling show and the latest offering to Ottawa theatre from Emily Pearlman. It details some stories from her travels and immersion in other cultures and questions the things we think and do and don’t do in the face of new and unusual experiences.
Really, when you get down to it, it’s a show about what it is to be human in a sea of other humans all trying to figure out their human-ness.
Pearlman has a deserved reputation in Ottawa (and I’m sure beyond) as a quirky, charming, creator and performer. She demonstrates those gifts again here, where combined with her wonderfully unique story-telling voice and strong ability to paint a scene in details, she proves herself a master storyteller among the ranks of people like Martin Dockery.
What works most about Pearlman’s style and with this show is her ability to pull you in slowly. She has such an ability to connect with her audience that you probably won’t even realize how much you’re being drawn in as you sit through the details of the love tunnel in hippie quebec or her visit to Auschwitz. All such that by the time it’s over she’s speaking directly to your heart.
This was a show going in that I had high expectations for and it didn’t disappoint. It was everything I didn’t even know I wanted it to be.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think? Did Pearlman’s style of storytelling enthral you? Which story spoke to you most? Join the discussion in the comments below.