As I walked into the Underground Theater, so far from the plethora a venues surrounding Fringe Central, I was greeted by Kiersten Lyons with the most unique press kit I had ever received. Contained in a 3-ring green binder, decorated with foam “Sweethearts,” and my name, I found a little pencil case with a Strawberry Shortcake pen, a slap bracelet, a letter from Lyons and the usual. Her performance was just as unique.
A string was strung across the stage, and on the string hung with clothespins were the names of all of her loves from childhood, each on a red construction paper heart, accompanied by three boxes – yes, no and maybe.
As the show progressed, Lyons took us from her earliest love of the Han Solo action figure through and including her future husband. It was a journey shared by many in the audience.
Lyons, a child of the 80’s, used what she knew best, construction paper and overhead projectors, to walk us through this journey. Accompanied by all-too-familiar songs of the period, we laughed, cried, cringed and totally related to the tale.
After all was said and done, I was so happy that Lyons had found her pot of gold. If anyone deserved it, she did. Despite the late hour, I left the theater energized and ready for anything. Kudos!