REVIEWS

  • I’d love to tell you I was shivering with expectancy as Amanda took the stage on her own, with nothing but a dupatta (a shawl-like scarf) to support her role, but I’ve never liked one-person shows much. After her first scene I wondered if this would be the greatest show I would ever watch free of charge. "The Jew in The Ashram," communicates that fine line between feeling like you have absolutely no control over your life and feeling like everything has led to this one moment in time where the planets align and you finally understand what you’re supposed to do. 

    Unhinged at times, mesmerizing throughout, she recalls her beyond relatable life as a young Jewish girl struggling with food disorders and her years as a young professional while trying to escape the lack of inner peace that underscores her every move. Amanda embodies the most eloquent of characters from her borderline hallucinogenic imagination and grasp on distant memories, echoing even the recollection of her late father.

    Being a bystander has never felt so fulfilling, as this bustling solo performance teaches the audience how to meditate, breathe, clear their minds, have a completely mental breakdown and put themselves back together again on a New York City rooftop. Amanda perfectly depicts her generation’s agnostic Jewish identity, showing us through her own life how we are all condemned to be free and seek our own path. A must-see.

    Benjamin Correa Aronsohn Brandeis College Institute Participant
  • Through art, exploration of Jewish and yoga practices and ancestral histories, Amanda delves into the real and hard themes that coincide with growing up and becoming an independent person.”

    Franny Silverman Director of Learning and Action, Kolot Chayeinu
  • The Jew in the Ashram invited me to travel far into a culture that was unlike my own, and even take a few steps (and other moves) with my body into that unfamiliar space. But at the end, I came home feeling a stronger connection to my own roots, my own culture, my own body. It's an inspiring journey and one I'd take again in a heartbeat!

    Jonathan Adam Ross Managing Director and Founding Artist of The Inheiritance Project
  • Amanda transforms her personal narrative of healing into a communal ritual that leaves you inspired, refreshed and warm of heart and soul. So grateful for her bravery and honesty; a show that must be experienced!

    Shawn Shafner Theater Artist, Jewish Educator, Ritual Leader
  • This was a gorgeous show that was deeply spiritual. The presentation was engaging. She talked about her experiences as a student, taking on the role of her teacher, with us now as her students. She changed costumes to portray multiple people from her life. It was great.

    Robert Rayfield Minnesota Fringe Audience Reviews
  • Very glad I went. The participation yoga exercises lowered my stress and introduced me to something I know almost nothing about (don't worry, it isn't 'audience participation' in the usual sense).

     Corrie Fiedler Minnesota Fringe Audience Reviews
  • The Jew in the Asham is devastating, hilarious, comfortably interactive and piercingly real. Amanda's story is all of ours in its relatability and also unique to her own journey. Jew or not, adult or teen, all will enjoy this piece is as both a stand-alone work of art and an educational experience, setting the stage for further exploration.

    Sarah Sokolic Executive Director, Lab/Shul

PRESS

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