Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Some people wish they could actually ‘get a life’. Cathy Schenkelberg got more than she could handle.
In Squeeze My Cans Schenkelberg chronicles her real journey with Scientology in decades and monetary increments which over the course of nearly 20 years puts her somewhere over the $800,000 mark in debt – which might be the most shocking part of all. It’s the consummate story of a young person looking for direction and ends up getting entirely lost. This is not a scary experience by any means but it is a harrowing warning to actually look where you are going or chances are you’ll end up nowhere.
As a show Squeeze My Cans is tight, smart and hilariously funny, keeping the WTF moments entirely in the realm of comedy, even though they are not – and far from it.
Suddenly realizing you are middle-aged, broke and being rejected by your own belief system is no laughing matter. And when Schenkelberg’s daughter confesses one day that she’s being encouraged by her teachers to ‘disconnect’ with her when she turns 18, it’s the wake-up call Schenkelberg finally needs to leave for good and never look back.
Writer/performer Cathy Schenkelberg is a captivating, naturalistic performer and absolutely delightful. She is supported by the direction of Shirley Anderson and sound design by Victoria (Toy) Deiorio, lighting design by Brandon Baruch and graphic design by Brett Newton.