Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
In the simplest of ways, The Flower Society tells a story about humanity. Well, really, about people. How, even in the most harrowing conditions where personal safety and security are threatened, where individual needs are not met, where hope is barely a sliver, people, can still care, provide, safeguard, positively influence and even love one another, even when they are doing their best not to.
As one of the more powerful presentations at Fringe 2019, Maryanne Householder’s one-act play, inspired by an NPR article describing important lessons homeless women have to have embedded in their daily lives, four women surviving on the streets of Los Angeles, tell their real-life stories about how they got there, their frustrations, their secrets and even the freedoms of their situation.
Incredibly thought-provoking as it is informative. This production moves beyond addressing what is currently an ever-growing societal epidemic and focuses the lenses right to the highly personal and delivers a clear and emotionally provocative picture of the ‘real homeless of L.A.’
Beautiful performances and production values overall.
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