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Queer in the U.S.A., by Manuel Simons
Queer in the U.S.A.
Monday, June 21, 2010
5.0
Review by Tebbe Farrell

Manuel Simons has created a show about discovering your identity and hungering to find your dream. It starts with a fourteen year old boy full of rock and roll worship for Bruce Springsteen. Johnny’s journey begins in Freehold, New Jersey, in a high school glee club where he is taunted and physically brutalized for being different. Simons embodies a world of vivid characters that break your heart and make you laugh. That is why this show grips the audience because you can’t wait to see what happens next. You actually forget it’s a one man show. He’s that good.

Escaping to New York City, Johnny tries his luck at singing, his first love, traveling to all the Springsteen haunts. He runs into a world full of characters from a Roma gypsy that lives in another woman to a hilarious, jaded, gay, macho British rock star, “abrasive” as he describes himself, yet touched by Johnny’s friendship. The kid hits the Big Apple full force with all his vulnerability, hope, and teenage confusion, and comes out singing. This is a tale of longing, exploration, and life’s strange beauty. A well written, masterfully acted show. See this one.

Tebbe Farrell, is a freelance writer covering music and performance nationwide.

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