Tuesday 14 August 2012 | By Roz Tuplin
ED2012 Theatre Review: Oddlie (CalArts Festival Theater)
Oddlie is a one-woman show which tells the tale of a silent girl living in a rubbish dump who just wants to be seen, and follows her journey to empowerment through poetry. Aleshea Harris is charismatic and captivating, switching between very different characters impressively and taking possession of the stage with confidence. She also sings the blues beautifully, and the show mixes song and spoken word to great effect. Oddlie believes she has only one talent, which is digging, but what will she uncover? Some of the ideas about art are a little solemn; good art doesn’t always come from a place of pain. However, this is powerful, heartfelt and gracefully performed.
Venue 13, 4-18 Aug (not 6, 13), 11.45am.
tw rating 4/5 | [Roz Tuplin]