STORMS BENEATH HER SKIN presented by Rebecca Kling as part of the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.
Rebecca Kling greets the audience onstage as they enter, preferring to interact with the patrons before the performance (as she gets lonely backstage 🙂 . This one-woman show offers a personal, open and frank discussion of what it means to be transgender.
Kling is comfortable on stage and does a great job of keeping the audience engaged. The tone is mostly light, but Kling does touch upon the personal pain, both internal and external, that transgenders have to endure.
To help keep the performance personal and conversational, I wouldn’t mind having Kling commit more of the show to memory. The reading of several pieces, at times, served as a barrier between the performer and the audience.
A Q&A session follows as time allows. At the performance I attended, the audience was very involved in the talkback.
Overall Kling offers a heartfelt and interesting performance. She also provides a comfortable atmosphere to discuss a topic that is outside many people’s experience. Hopefully, the audience walks away with new insight and understanding.
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