REVIEW: THE PINK UNICORN

at And Toto Too Theatre Company

by Michael Mulhern

And Toto Too Theatre Company presents the Regional Premiere of THE PINK UNICORN by Elise Forier Edie is playing now until November 17th at the Denver Center Complex.

The Pink Unicorn is an award-winning solo theatre piece,  which tells the story of a Christian widow, living in a conservative Texas town, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her teenage daughter  announces she is “gender queer” and starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school.

It’s funny that in all my years as a proud gay man, I have never heard the label “gender queer”.  But these times are a changing and the labels within the gay community are almost too many to count.  Gender Queer is defined {as a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.}
“a younger generation of self-proclaimed gender queers explicitly reject ‘transgender’ as an identifier”.

But the most encouraging thing about this enchanting play is that it is not about labels, but rather a mother’s love for her daughter, no matter how she identifies. This exceptional show gave me a further appreciation for my parents who have always supported me, a community that has always showed love,  and hope for the next generation of gender queers for acceptance. Thank You to And Toto Too Theatre Company for always finding works that are presently pertinent and give audiences awareness and encouragement.

Missy Moore was the charming embodiment of concerned mother Trisha Lee. If anyone could captivate an audience with a one woman show with grace and vulnerability, it would be this exceptional actress. She brought this mothers strength and courage to the forefront and everyone just fell in love her with this endearing story.

Director Susan Lyles picked the right actress for the job and emphasized a mother’s love while not making this a preachy proclamation. The blocking was on point in this intimate space and the show had lovely timing.

Set Design by Darren P. Smith was just enough to give the warmth of Trisha’s kitchen without cluttering or distracting from wonderful performance. I also have to commend Lighting Design by Alexis K. Bond that found so many pockets of this black box theater to transform us to location with just a light.

THE PINK UNICORN is intriguing audiences now until November 17th. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 at 1245 Champa Studio on the Denver Center Complex. For tickets or more information, contact And Toto Too Theatre Company by calling 720-583-3975 or online at www.andtototoo.org.

 

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